Jon Francis was born and raised in Laguna Beach, an early California art colony of Plein Air Painters. While still in high school, he won awards for his art in the Orange County Fair. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Professional Arts at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles with a degree in Advertising Design and then spent 10 years in New York working in advertising and art directing many national campaigns.
Eventually, Jon moved back to California, working in advertising in San Francisco, and then started Bass/Francis Productions, a multi-media company. In 1982, he and his wife, Sandra, established Jon Francis Films and went on to produce and direct over 1500 television commercials. For the last 16 years, he has been busy painting the California landscape, the urban landscape and more figurative work.
Jon also enjoys playing his bass, performing jazz standards in a duo and playing straight ahead jazz in a quintet every week!
Jon is represented by Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara, the Stinson Beach Gallery, and the San Francisco MOMA Artists Gallery. His art is also shown at the George Krevsky Gallery in San Francisco.
He has also exhibited at the:
- Bolinas Museum
- Napa Valley Museum
- San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival
- Sonoma Plein Air Foundation
- Marin Agricultural Land Trust
- Scottsdale Artists’ School
- Laguna Plein Air Invitational
- Carmel Art Festival
- Los Gatos Plein Air Festival
- California Art Club
- and many more…
For more information, please contact Jon