About Jeanne

Hi, I’m Jeanne Cotter and I am passionate about soft pastels. I love colour and texture and art and the immediacy of pastels.

I’m a mum of three, two girls and a boy, all who are now healthy busy adults out in the world doing their own thing and I’m super proud of each of them. I’m also Nanny to little Ruby, who is the light of my life. My husband and I live in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Career-wise, I am a graphic designer and creator so I’ve been into design and art forever.  Back in my hay-day I worked at Myer as a Visual Merchandiser (window dresser). I love to teach, connect and create. 

You know what I love the most about teaching art classes? I love seeing the amazement on the faces of my students when they step back from the easel and see the beauty they’ve created. It really does make my heart sing. I love showing people how to paint a cloud, or a pear and holding the space for people to connect with themselves and discover their inner artist. And I love teaching and sharing and creating community and watching friendships grow. 

I am one of the founders of the Toowoomba Studio Art Trail which we launched in 2023 with great excitement and success.

Meanwhile, I’m working on my own art and you’ll  find my pastels in the ART GALLERY page. Some are for sale and most are available as limited edition reproductions, so if you see one and love it, please get in touch to discuss the size you’d like and to order.

I was interviewed on a Podcast in January 2023. It’s an hour-long conversation with my good friend Kylie. If you’d like to hear about my journey then grab your cuppa or plug in your earbuds and settle in for a lively conversation between Kylie and me about love, hurt, menopause, motherhood, blessings, fury, angels, art and bravery. It’s my story, raw and real. Here’s the link to listen https://www.kyliepatchett.com.au/the-menopausal-magic-of…/

Thanks for reading and have a delicious day 🙂

Find me online at
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jeanne.p.cotter and https://www.facebook.com/deliciousartclasses
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jeanne_cotter_artist/

I regularly exhibit my work and love to be involved in art groups and societies. You’ll find some of my work on show at Pittsworth Art Gallery. I’m newsletter editor and designer for the Pastel Society of Australia.
Annual Art Shows include; The Pastel Society of Australia, Brookfield Art Show in Brisbane, Aspire Gallery Brisbane, Downlands College Toowoomba, Rosalie Gallery Goombungee, the Toowoomba Show, Bell Annual Art Exhibition, Aspects Art Show  in Goondiwindi and Toowoomba Regional Gallery.
I am co-founder and exhibitor in the Toowoomba Studio Art Trail, a self-drive tour of artists’ studios in September each year.


2018 – Pastel Society of Australia Annual Awards Exhibition  – Third Place in the Alexandra Award for ‘The Pears at Claire’s’ .

2019 – Pastel Society of Australia Annual Awards Exhibition – Commended for ‘Maleny Majesty’.

2019 – Brookfield Art Show, Brisbane – First place in the Pastel and Drawing Category for ‘The Pears at Claire’s’.

2022 – Toowoomba Show – Second place in the Wildlife section for “Morning Warble’.

2022 – Rosalie Gallery, Goombungee – People’s Choice for ‘Concongella Creek Reflections’.

2023 – Annual Bell Art Exhibition, Bell, QLD – Second Place in the Pastel section for ‘Hidden Gold’.

2023 – Toowoomba Show – First Place in the Landscape Section for ‘Sand Dunes’.

2023 – Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi QLD – Highly Commended for ‘Concongella Creek Reflections’.

2023 – Lockyer Valley Foothills Art Show – Highly Commended for ‘It’s Raining in Fernvale’.

2023 – Pastel Society of Australia Exhibition – 2nd for People’s Choice for ‘That’s Hilarious’

2023 – The Doyles Art Awards – Finalist for ‘Concongella Creek Reflections’.

2024 – Bell Art Show – 1st for ‘Blue Gum Beauty’, 2nd for ‘MacDonnell Ranges’ and Highly Commended for ‘Heart’s on Fire’.

2024 – Foothills Art Show – 1st for ‘Golden Bouquet’.

2024 – Pastel Society of Australia – 1st for ‘Pretty Proteas’ in the Still Life category

The Pears at Claire's Pastel Painting by Jeanne Cotter
The Pears at Claire’s
‘Pretty Proteas’