John Francis grew up in Nottinghamshire and was born in 1950 and is a self-taught illustrator that specialises in Natural History. His work ranges widely over all areas of wildlife portrayal of the demands of scientific exactness to the more loosely drawn children’s books. Renowned for putting ‘life’ into his pictures, he is in great demand from a world-wide client list which includes Dorling Kindersley and the Sunday times. John is a committed conservationist with a deep interest in the living environment. His travels have taken him far and wide, from the icy wastes of the Artic to the parched deserts of North America. Whilst painting pictures for Gibsons puzzles, John lives in Wales with his wife, five children and their dog and enjoys cooking, walking and going to the theatre.