Francis was a native of Bunclody, Co. Wexford and joined the Arts Ability Studio group at CUMAS New Ross in 2007. He spent the first 2 years working on a series of paintings inspired by a trip he took with his late mother and his sister, a European tour almost 20 years ago. Frank was working from his memory and very grainy photographic images he took himself on the trip, using acrylic on paper.
Francis was awarded a bursary from Wexford County Council in 2007. He exhibited his work on several occasions, including a solo exhibition at the Cockleshell Gallery, Duncannon, Co. Wexford. Since then Francis worked on a serious of paintings from various angles of his old family home as he remembered it.
For over 3 years, he painted a series of his favourite boxers, in particularly, Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali and Archie Moor. Although he never met these boxers, for his own amusement he painted his imagined meetings with some of his heroes.
Francis became renowned for his strong colour and bold lines in his painting.
Francis passed away on 8th July, 2014, having achieved his ambition to become an artist.