David French: The artist who captures Charlotte

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Artist David Thayer French with some of his work in his NoDa studio on Friday, July 10, 2015.. He's been a fixture in NoDa for nearly 10 years.

Do you own a David French print? You may and not even know it.

French, 39, has lived in Charlotte since 1994 and has painted about 240 Charlotte vignettes, 100 of which have been made into prints.

Much of what he paints are local landmarks and quirky places residents love. French guesses that his artwork is in close to 30,000 homes and, in the seven year’s he’s been a professional artist, he’s sold nearly 50,000 prints.

“People really respond to his work,” Paper Skyscraper co-owner Ron Wootten told the Observer. “People tell us (of a particular scene), ‘That’s where my husband and I had our first date’ or ‘This is where I proposed.'”

(Learn much more about the celebrated Charlotte artist in this Observer profile.)

You can buy his work at Paper Skyscraper, Green with Envy, City Supply Co., Ruby’s Gift and the Beehive, as well as his NoDa studio. Prints sell from $15-$25 and a commissioned work could run $500-$5,000.

Here are five French pieces we love from his Twitter account:

Photo: David T. Foster, III/Charlotte Observer

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