Cotton is a graduate of the 2013 inaugural class of the MFA - Photography program at Lesley University College of Art and Design, created by program Director Christopher James. His work runs the entire spectrum, from one of the first photographic processes, to digital multimedia. Cotton was featured as one of "Six Art School Grads to Watch" in 2013 in The Boston Globe.


Before getting his MFA in Boston, Cotton was the Digital Lab Manager at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, where he continues to teach workshops. Cotton is an artist, craftsman, and educator. Because of his wide range of knowledge, Cotton brings simplicity to Digital technology, while connecting to Artistic tradition both through explanation, and execution. Cotton has worked with some of the world's best and brightest in the fields of photography, art, and education, and seeks to connect the traditions imparted to current and future generations.