Francis Boag was born in Dundee and studied at Duncan Jordonston College of Art, his tutors included Alberto Morocco and David McClure whose influence can be seen in his love of vibrant colour and the sensuous application of paint. He went on to study for an MA at Grays School of Art Aberdeen.
Francis continued to paint throughout a successful teaching career, which saw him become head of Art at Aberdeen Grammar. His move to the North East influenced a change of direction in his work with his interpretations of the local landscapes and saw a demand through local galleries. He left education to become a fulltime professional artist. Francis has established himself as one of the leading figures in a new generation of ‘Scottish Colourists’. His original works have been exhibited and collected in across the world and he is one of a few artists to have work held in the national collections of both Scotland and Eire.