"Together we share a voyage of discovery, an exciting journey searching for the hidden treasures of the natural world, immortalised through art," he says. "My paintings also raise important questions about how our countryside can be tended, while still allowing the necessary development of progress. My goal is to inspire others to visit new landmarks, experience the wonders of the outdoors and the healing power of the world around us."
A Patron of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, Francis has worked in renewable energy and sustainable forestry. His lifelong personal passion for the British landscape and experience in windfarm development has given him insights into both the need to preserve and also develop the landscape in a sensitive and sustainable way.
The Scottish Enlightenment
"From sneaking through the art room window at school from the age of eight to endlessly draw and paint, my passion for art continued during my career in the army – where any free time was spent painting wild scenery," he explains.
"I am entirely self-taught and have developed my work throughout my life, alongside diverse careers across many different continents. However, I have only recently adopted art as a full-time career.
"I held my first exhibition Great British Art in November 2019 at La Galleria in London (Royal Arcade, Pall Mall), presenting an interpretation of the UK’s most inspiring historic and natural landmarks, including views of the British coastline, iconic waterfalls, seasonal woodlands and atmospheric mountains."
His works are currently available to purchase online at brilliantbrushstrokes.co.uk and from Gallery du 808 in Bristol.
Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland, Francis Salvesen, Oil on Canvas
Saint Michael's Mount, Cornwall
Sunset Gushing Waterfall, Henrhyd, Wales
Loch Affric and 'The Dappled Glen' through the Silver Birches
Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Francis Salvesen Oil on Canvas
You can also find him on Instagram - www.instagram.com/brilliantbrushstrokes and Facebook - www.facebook.com/brilliantbrushstrokes.co.uk