Fiona Cotton paintings


Fiona Cotton is a practising artist in the realist tradition, with a particular interest in portraiture and still life painting. In recent years, she has been a finalist in a number of art prizes including the Percival Portrait Prize, the Mosman Art Prize, the Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, the Ravenswood Art Prize and the EMSLA (Eutick Memorial Still Life) Award. She began her art training at a young age with professional artist Mary Martin in the UK before moving to Australia in her teens. She has a BA in Fine Art and Drama (Flinders University), a Diploma of Education (Adelaide University), a Cert TEFL (RSA London) and an MA (Macquarie University). She developed a career in teaching and research in English and Linguistics all the while painting whenever she could. In 2010 she returned to full time painting from her academic position at University of New South Wales, Canberra. Over many years, she has travelled extensively to study art in Europe, Asia and the USA. After taking classes at the Canberra School of Art from 2010 to 2013, she studied in Italy, taking intensive courses at the Florence Academy of Art (2014, 2015), the Charles H Cecil Studios (2016) and the Florence Studio with Cesar Santos (2017). She is represented by the Aarwun Gallery, Gold Creek, Canberra.


2018 Finalist, Percival Portrait Prize
2017 Finalist, Rick Amor Self Portrait Prize, Montsalvat
2017 Finalist, Ravenswood Art Prize, Sydney
2017 Winner, People’s Choice Award, Squares Exhibition, Strathnairn Arts, Canberra
2016 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize for a portrait of Lauren
2016 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize for Fruits of the Australian Earth
2015 Finalist, Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, NSW
2015 Finalist, Pirtek Still Life Award, Bowral District Art Society
2013-2014 Alembic, Getting Group Exhibition, Yarralumla Galleries. December-January

2017 Cesar Santos Workshop, The Florence Studio
2016 Charles H Cecil Studios, Florence, intensive portraiture workshop
2015 Florence Academy of Art six week intensive
2014 Florence Academy of Art Still Life workshop
2010-2013 Part-time study, Canberra School of Art
1980s-2017 Extensive art study tours in Europe, USA and ASIA
1969-1973 BA in Fine Art and Drama, Flinders University, South Australia

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