Born and raised in South Carolina, photography captured Melinda Cotton’s heart at an early age. Although her artwork shares no common thread, she prefers to shoot images that capture the incredible beauty found in the natural landscape and interesting architecture which surrounds us every day.
“When I’m behind my camera, the outside world of human tragedy, petty concerns, and pure evil disappears. All I see is the image before me, and if I don’t like the picture I simply change my view. Being a photographer provides me a sense of peace and tranquility like nothing else.”
Her artwork has been juried into the South Carolina State Fair in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2015, her photograph, Wine Down, placed Third in the Fine Arts Amateur Division and has become her most popular image. Her work has appeared in literary journals (Melinda is an award-winning writer as well!) and in 2012, her photo Steps-n-Stones was selected as the cover art for The Petigru Review.
Melinda’s proudest professional accomplishment to date occurred in September 2016 when her fine art photography passed the two-stage jury process and was accepted into the South Carolina Artisans Center, the state’s Official Folk Art and Craft Center. You can find her photography for sale and on permanent display at the Center, 318 Wichman Street, Walterboro, SC 29488, conveniently located just off I-95 at exits 53 and 57. Read about the important mission of the South Carolina Artisans Center at www.scartisanscenter.com. Even better, visit the retail gallery yourself and see the best South Carolina has to offer in handmade arts and indigenous crafts.
In addition to ordering photography through her website at www.mcottonstudios.com, you can find her imagery at Fine Art America, www.fineartamerica, where you can purchase her photos in custom sizes, matted and framed to your specifications, then shipped to your door ready to hang on your wall. However, only the images ordered through Melinda’s website or purchased at the South Carolina Artisans Center will be personally signed by the artist. Also, if ordering through Melinda’s website, inquire about free personalization. For example, if ordering a gift, she can inscribe, “Happy Birthday, Joe,” or “Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.” The possibilities are endless – simply email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to discuss your idea. Custom sizes and matting of her photos are also possible – email Melinda with your request to receive a price quote.
Melinda will attend the occasional arts and craft show where she’ll be happy to personalize your fine art purchase. Check her website often for updates on where she’ll be – she’d love to meet you. She’s always seeking new venues to carry her artwork, and will let you know where her fine art photography can be found hanging on walls or carried in stock around the southeast. The galleries and images on her website are updated frequently, so please check back often for new and changing artwork.
“My endeavor is to create lasting photographic memories of my experiences as I see them, not just to share them with you but to capture as my own personal reminder of how fortunate we are to live in and be a part of the glorious world God created which surrounds us in astounding beauty every day. My task will be complete when one of my images transports you to another place and time and you’re able to experience the same peace, wonder, and tranquility I did when I got lost in the moment of capturing the perfect picture. I hope you enjoy taking a look at life through my lens.”