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 diverse range 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 the 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 led 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.
To Scott, the search for his own individuality is of the utmost importance. His art is full of honesty and creativity, and it is constantly enriched by his inquisitive nature, his desire to find his own voice, and his effort to create lasting interpretations of what he experiences and sees.
Scott French’s work can be seen in numerous collections in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States and elsewhere.