Looking at Francis’s works from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, one can see its development over time. In Untitled (SF63-006)
(1963), for example, Francis uses an unconventional compositional method, employing large swathes of color at the edges, balanced by energetic drips and splashes that cover the entire picture plane. Similar to
, Francis uses color, brush marks, and splatter to convey emotion. Later, his images became more tight and uniform, as in the Untitled (SFM78-171; SFM78-050) (EXP-SF-11-#4-78)
(1978). Here, Francis has incorporated a
pattern into his work, in this case created with a brush, though he often applied pigment with a roller.