Francis works directly from life with all subjects. He particularly enjoys the urban scene as in the cafes, the underground trains and rush hour of Farringdon station in London.

In the windows of the shops and cafes, he reflects the city beyond, fascinated by the double image, combining different spatial distances with changing crowds. His enjoyment of strong composition, rich colour and contrasts of light and tone run through his work. These are heightened in his more theatrical subjects of the circus.

Most of his recent paintings reflect his interest in people and portrait to be found in everyday urban situations. Francis is unusual in favouring working directly from observation and not through photography. This will mean often working in uncomfortable situations on crowded pavements and stations. He maintains this is an essential experience in finding his subject.