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Jon Francis

I am a Colorado native and have lived in Colorado Springs most of my life. I live and work close to downtown. When I’m not painting in my studio,you can find me going for a run around the neighborhood or hiking with my family in Palmer Park. 

I began making art from a very early age. I started by taking classes at Bemis Art School and my passion for art just grew. In high school I was fortunate to be taught by local Colorado Springs art celeb Floyd Tunsen.

His love for Pop Art was a great influence on my early artwork. In college my passion continued to grow as I learned to paint from life and built my knowledge of traditional landscapes. Currently I have been very inspired by urban landscapes: landscapes of beautiful skies and mountain scenes but also including elements of urban life (powerlines, billboards, gas stations, etc.). 

I enjoy painting urban landscapes as a way to record, preserve and enjoy the landmarks that have shaped my city.

My work can be found all over town. I regularly have work up at the Manitou Art Center. Recently I finished a commission for the newly created Beast and Brews Restaurant and Tap House. Twelve animal portraits of local wildlife are on display around the restaurant. Not only did I design and create each work of art, but I also created custom reclaimed wood frames for each piece of work.   

Currently, I am very excited to be working on an art show that will be held at Kreuser Gallery in Colorado Springs in June 2020. The theme of the show is urban landscapes. Being a Colorado Springs native, I love to focus on the hidden gems around town. Long term, I hope to someday be represented by a gallery and have the opportunity to regularly create and show work.

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