Brent Cotton is an award-winning, nationally recognized artist living in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. He prefers to paint in the tonalist/luminist style made popular in the late 1800s, seeking to create works that are mood-evoking and have a timeless quality. An avid outdoorsman, Cotton can often be found standing in one of the local rivers with a fly rod in his hand or on the oars of his drift boat. The close proximity to some amazing blue ribbon trout streams is one of the many reasons he and his family make their home in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. This passion has led Cotton to focus on sporting art, particularly fly-fishing as a common theme in his work.
Cotton’s work can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the country. His work has garnered several national awards including the prestigious Arts for the Parks Top 100 in both 1997 and 2003, where his painting Evensong won both the People’s Choice and Region 3 awards. Cotton was also the very first recipient of the C.M. Russell Museum CEO Award at the annual C.M. Russell Art Auction in Montana. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two small children live in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley of Montana, where the rural lifestyle and wild rivers provide constant inspiration.