Born in Derby, Francis is the sixth of seven children in his family. His father is a Yawaru man and his mother is a Minirringari woman of the Ngarinyin tribe.
Francis went to school at Derby District High School, where he first learnt to sketch. He went on to complete his secondary schooling at Nulungu College and then moved to Bayulu Community, where he learnt to screen print. Francis then came back to Mowanjum, and began painting Ngarinyin country and stories from his mothers side.
Francis is a talented painter, printmaker and boab nut carver. He was the overall winner in the Kimberley Art Prize held in Derby in the Boab nut carving section. He says that "I mainly watched the old people carve and wanted to be like them, a carver". He says that his practice connects him to the Wandjina and his Country, and makes him feel strong and proud.