Laura Cottrell

Juried Exhibits and Awards

About the Artist

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”  —Vincent van Gogh​​

Laura Cottrell graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas with a degree in Visual Communications and worked as a graphic designer for over 15 years. Laura has had a life-long passion for drawing. She is experienced in various editorial illustration mediums from graphite, markers, and colored pencils to gouache, watercolor, acrylics and soft pastels.


Laura has exhibited and won awards at the Pastel Society of the Southwest's National Juried Exhibition, State Fair of Texas, Winnsboro Center for the Arts, Forney Arts Council Top 40 Regional Juried Show, and the Mineola League of the Arts Annual Fine Art Juried Show. She was honored with the People's Choice Award at both the MLOTA 2014 and 2016 Fine Art Juried Show for her pastel artwork.


In addition to soft pastels, Laura has painted murals in two of her local community's elementary school libraries, and enjoys creating textured abstract floral art using acrylics and modeling paste on canvas.


She is a member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest, International Association of Pastel Societies, and The Forney Arts Council.

State Fair of Texas, Best of Show, Creative Arts, 2017


State Fair of Texas, First Place, Oil/Acrylic/Pastel Division, Portrait Category, 2017


Pastel Society of the Southwest, 35th National Juried Exhibition, 2016

State Fair of Texas, First Place, Oil/Acrylic/Pastel Division, Still Life Category, 2016

Winnsboro Center for the Arts, Fifth Annual Women in the Arts Exhibition, 2016

​Mineola League of the Arts, Annual Fine Art Juried Show, People's Choice Award, 2016

​Pastel Society of the Southwest, 34th National Juried Exhibition, 2015

State Fair of Texas, Third Place, Oil/Acrylic/Pastel Division, Portrait Category, 2015

Pastel Society of the Southwest, 33rd National Juried Exhibition, 2014

Mineola League of the Arts, Annual Fine Art Juried Show, People's Choice Award, 2014

Mineola League of the Arts, Annual Fine Art Juried Show, First Place, Pastel Category, 2014

Winnsboro Center for the Arts, Third Annual Women in the Arts Exhibition "Celebrating Life", 2014 


State Fair of Texas, Second Place, Watercolor or Pastel Division, Landscape with People Category, 2014


Forney Arts Council, Top 40 Regional Juried Show, 2014