About The Artist
I love to paint the Marin landscape, Cityscapes and California landmarks. I also enjoy illustrating icons of the 50’s like surfing, Woodys, and Airstreams. Actually I am interested in most any subject that tells a story or invokes an experience.
Jon was born and raised in Laguna Beach, an early California art colony of Plein Air Painters. He earned his Bachelor of Professional Arts at The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles with a degree in Advertising Design. While at Art Center he also studied painting with Lorser Feitlelson, Harry Carmean and John Lagata. He then spent 10 years in New York working in advertising and art directing many national campaigns. 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 20 years, he has been busy painting the California landscape, the urban landscape and more figurative work. Jon is enjoying playing his bass, performing jazz standards in a duo, playing straight ahead jazz in a quintet every week and performing in Blonde Sided.
Jon has exhibited at the Bolinas Museum, Napa Valley Museum, San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival, Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, Marinscapes, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Laguna Plein Air Invitational, Carmel Art Festival, California Art Club, Los Gatos Plein Air Festival and many galleries. He is represented by Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara, Stinson Beach Gallery in Stinson Beach and shows at George Krevsky Gallery, Studio Gallery, SFMOMA in San Francisco, Robert Allen Fine Art in Sausalito and Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, MA. He has won numerous awards, including Best of Show at Scottsdale Artists’ Best and the Brightest Show , Artisans Art Gallery Americana Show and Honorable Mention at the Carmel Plein Air Festival.
Jon’s studio is in the San Anselmo Artists Studios, 1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo.
Jon is a member of the California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters, and BayWood Artists.
Isabel Cook Center
Bachelor of Professional Art
Art Center College of Design