Courtney Cotton (b.1968) is a professional artist, currently living and working in Denver, Colorado. She studied art at the University of South Carolina, Rhode Island School of Design and Queens College.
Cotton’s work connects to something universal. She is unafraid to express herself, giving visual expression to feeling, reflecting her visceral reactions brought on by music, mindfulness, or objects. Her conceptual contemporary artwork reflects an unflinching willingness to experiment which sometimes transfers to the canvas in exuberant explosion or results in contemplative and solemn stillness. Her work sometimes poses more questions than answers, but it offers room for interpretation and new perspectives.
Cotton is currently developing a traveling exhibit and programs around her Paper Airplane Series that will pull in documentary film, art, and comedy as tool for healing. With her family having been tragically touched by suicide, her goal is to build on the increasing awareness of mental wellness using lifelong restorative practices—an imperative to developing coping skills and resilience. She views this series as a vehicle that can help society, especially youth, articulate and regulate emotions. She is looking forward to announcing more details about this project once she solidifies partnerships with local venues.
The artist is a member of the Art Students League Denver, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, Women in the Arts, both the MCA and DAM and is a board member candidate for Think 360 Arts for Learning. She creates and teaches private classes in her Englewood, CO studio.
She has work in private collections worldwide and commercial clients include WSI Personnel, Bechta Group Limited, Ph7 Health & Fitness, Portable Computer Systems, Bank of Choice, Strength From Within, Children’s Hospital Colorado, h a l o salon, LEO Interior Design, Marriot, Liberty Global, Boulder Foods and Residential Niche.
As more private collectors and businesses continue to support her art Cotton’s artistic path reflects an unflinching willingness to experiment. Her adventurousness is evident in the wide range of works that compromise her oeuvre.