Courtney Cotton [b.1968] is currently working in Denver, Colorado. She studied art and architecture at the University of South Carolina, Rhode Island School of Design and Queens College.
Courtney is unafraid to express herself by giving visual expression to feeling; which can be seen in many of her paintings and collages. Other inspiration stems from music, mindfulness and by objects that give her a visceral reaction. Whatever the impulse, the result is the fruition of a process, usually grounded in personal discipline that may be spontaneous and rapid or labored and introspective. What transpires, ideally captures the inspiration and transforms it into an exuberant explosion or a contemplative and solemn stillness.
Her work sometimes poses more questions than answers but it offers room for interpretation and new perspectives. It connects to something universal and hence touches a lot of people. She says, "I have more than one visual voice and some find it hard to define or categorize my style." Sometimes her work is thematic, but just as often she has the impulse to create something without representing anything. Some of her favorite pieces just came about from the act of playing with paint and paper, "I consciously react with the medium, the activity of creating is paramount, and therefore the results happen automatically with the unconscious influence of experiences and emotions."
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.
Photo Credit: Kelly Shroads, Colorado Ballet Show 2015