Specialising in portraits, figures and landscapes in oils, pencil, charcoal and pastels. Francis teaches drawing and painting from his studio and accepts portrait commissions.
Francis graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. In 2003 he won a scholarship from the Salford Sports and Arts Trust before becoming Artist in Residence, first at Chenderit School in Banbury in 2003-4, and then at St.Mary’s School in Wantage 2004-05 where he then became Figure Drawing Tutor. The success of these residencies led to Francis writing and presenting the television pilot “What’s so great about Turner?” In 2006 Francis won the Elizabeth Greenshields Award, a worldwide prize for figurative painting.
In 2008 Francis’s successful independent one-man exhibition, The Binsey Collection, also saw the launch of his gift book The Stick Man’s Guide to Life and Art which has now sold 1000 copies. In 2012 Francis’s work was selected for exhibition by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
Francis has taught figure-drawing at Ruskin, Trinity, and Magdalen Colleges at the University of Oxford, at Manchester Metropolitan University, and at Wharf House in Wallingford. He has travelled the world studying and making art, visiting major national galleries throughout Europe and beyond.