My goal is not to copy nature, but rather to explore it and try to openly present a new experience with each piece. I hope it is the emotion of the landscape the viewer will see; a magnificent sky, the sun slicing across the horizon or the way shadows play on a lake. Capturing this scene and portraying it to the viewer is a visual challenge that I can't always predict or contain.
My paintings explore different levels of the human condition and the inescapable aspects of being an individual. Creating a visual language through color and expressive brushstroke, my narrative is invoked through three different bodies of work addressing the divergent aspects of emotions collectively.
Scott French was born in Atlanta, GA. At fourteen, he began to travel while playing in jazz bands between New Orleans and Detroit. On the road, he experienced many cities and was exposed to the nightlife and its divers rage of characters. Fascinated by human emotion and relationships, Scott began to draw between musical sets, recording the scenes around him.
After eight years of playing on and off the road, he returned home to Atlanta, where he began to study drawing and painting at Georgia State University. There he met a sculptor, Martin Dawe who was an artist in residence, lecturing at the school. Scott began working with Martin and soon became one of his assistants. He learned to work in three dimensional forms, assisting Martin on sculpture projects and learning to work with clay in his spare time. This helped establish and inspire a foundation for Scott's understanding of human anatomy.
Although his time with Martin was well spent, Scott wanted to return to his focus in drawing and painting. His need to gain more knowledge working in two dimensional mediums lead him to enroll in the illustration program at Portfolio Center. That environment exposed Scott to various illustration techniques that would become useful in his exploration as an artist. He met and worked with many modern day illustrators such as Craig Nelson, The Rudnak, Margaret Dyer and Gary Weiss. To balance his training as an illustrator, Scott enrolled at the Scottsdale Artist School where he studied renaissance painting techniques with Thomas Buechner and figure painting with Milt Kobayashi.
Many of Scott's early influences include artists such as Egon Schiele, Nicolai Fechin, Frank Dubeneck and John Singer Sargent. Among the illustrators, Scott's work has been influenced by Dean Cornwell, Norman Rockwell, and Malcom Liepke.
Days Without End, 36x36, oil on panel
On the Horizon, 24x24, oil on panel
Four Seasons 9, image 8x8, framed 10.5x10.5 oil on panel, $395
Four Seasons 19, framed 7.5x7.5, image 5x5, oil on panel, $235
Four Seasons 18, framed 7.5x7.5, image 5x5, oil on panel, $235
Four Seasons 16, framed 7.5x7.5, image 5x5, oil on panel, $235
Four Seasons 3, framed 7.5x5, image 2.5x5, oil on panel, $150
Four Seasons 12, image 2.5x2.5, framed 5x5, oil on panel, $95