“For the past decade Francis has evolved from a strict landscape tonalist into his own sense of neo-tonalism. Ten years ago he was painting traditional landscapes in the contemplative reverie of an Arthur Matthews or George Innes. In earlier years, a simple hillside or rock escarpment were sufficient enticement for him to set down his easel. No more. Today he explores energizing city streetscapes, crowded subway stations, and figures in action. He has not abandoned his tonalist roots, but works his color harmonies so comfortably, it reminds me of a virtuoso pianist, once more, doing his scales."