Marlan Cotner


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Marlan Cotner is an award-winning artist from West Michigan represented in numerous solo shows in Michigan and Ohio. She has exhibited in local and regional competitions and her works are included in the collections of Governor Blanchard, Governor Engler, and James Brooks. Her art has won awards in the Michigan Fine Arts Competition in Birmingham/Bloomfield, the Mid-Michigan Competition in St. Joseph, the Western Michigan Competition in Holland, the Small Wonders Competition in Lansing, and numerous others. She is a published artist with over two hundred illustrations in books and magazines.

“Painting is oil and stone brushing with the past and spreading into the future. Oils last for centuries and these timeless elements come through in the still life work. The serenity and strength of these paintings endures from our time and stretches forward into our children’s’ and grandchildren’s’ time. The inclusion of hidden figures is a fine twist on tradition; look for the nude figures within the pears and apples.”

There is also a lighter side to this artist with her food and drink series. A woman propped up against a wedge of chocolate cake or a man draped around a glass of red wine, these are sure to please all. Perhaps the golf series appeals to your sporty side with a man carrying a “golf bag” of olives back to the clubhouse or giant martini glasses on the nineteenth hole.