BIOGRAPHY

Tim Francis

 

 

 

 

Tim Francis 1949 –

Tim was born at Hamilton, Ontario but his earliest memories of  being immersed in artwork were in North Vancouver when, as a young child, his mother, renowned artist Dorothy Francis, used to sit him down at the dining room table with pastels and paper. Drawing came naturally to the young artist and he would often submit detailed drawings in place of essays in grade school. In one instance he spent many hours creating a very detailed pencil drawing of an oil refinery for a science project, receiving an A+ for his efforts. That experience was in grade seven and it was to help shape his view of how he might get by in the world.

As a young adult, while attending the Applied Arts program at Capilano College in North Vancouver, he was awarded government bursaries and college scholarships as well as a place on ‘The Dean’s List”.

In the late 70’s and through the 80’s Francis worked as a newspaper executive in the areas of art direction, advertising, and marketing but continued to produce commissioned paintings and pencil portraits, until he and his wife Janice moved from North Vancouver to East Barriere Lake, north of Kamloops, BC. Here he took up painting full-time, exhibiting in galleries in Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, Chemainus, Calgary and Montreal.

In 1990 an opportunity presented itself for the couple to purchase their local newspaper, which served BC’s North Thompson Valley. While the newspaper became a success financially for the couple, they decided to move on to other things and sold the paper in 1995, taking the time to hit the road and travel the West Coast and the Southern US for several months. One of these trips led to Tim exhibiting at Cannon Beach, Oregon

In 2001 Francis was featured as a ‘Master Painter of the World’ by International Artist Magazine.

Currently living in Kamloops, Tim continues to paint what he now describes as, “Magical landscapes. I’ve made a conscious decision to loosen up, both with the subject matter and with the technique. I’m trying to convey my personal feel for the region in these new paintings and I want viewers to recognize that magic exists behind every landscape, a fact that we often forget as we go about our daily lives.”