Francis Boag was born in Dundee and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the late sixties. His tutors included Alberto Morrocco and David McClure, whose influence can be readily seen in his love of vibrant colour and the sensuous application of paint.
Francis continued to paint throughout a successful teaching career, which saw him teach in Dundee and Perth before being appointed Head of Art at Aberdeen Grammar School. It was this move to the North East, which signalled a major change of direction in his work and in the mid-nineties his expressionist interpretations of the local landscape first began appearing in galleries in the North East of Scotland.
The demand for his vibrant paintings grew rapidly and his work was soon being transported from his studio near Stonehaven to Galleries throughout the UK, Ireland and increasingly abroad. London, New York, Dublin, Belfast, Paris, Cannes, Munich, Seattle and Michigan have all been venues for exhibitions of his work.
He has been a full-time Artist since 2001, and his paintings can now be found in an increasing number of private and public collections. He is one of only a very few Artists to have work held in the National collections of both Scotland and Eire.
The appeal of his joyous paintings to a great diversity of different nationalities and cultures attracted the attention of UNICEF and he became the first Scottish artist to have cards featuring his paintings included in their Fine Art collection.