Pam Francis (1954-2020) was born in Houston, Texas. She graduated with a BFA in studio art, specializing in photography and graphic design, in spring 1979 at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Her early works include portrait photographs for the covers of Texas Monthly, beginning in 1991 with Dan Rather, CBS Evening News anchor, and Oscar Wyatt, founder and CEO of Coastal Corporation. By 2001, recognized as one of the top photographers in Houston, Francis became the chief photographer for the Houston Texans Got Tickets billboard campaign. Throughout her career, Francis presented sustained, eloquent, and provocative exploration of portraiture. She cultivated technical finesse and clearly communicated the vitality she derived from her subjects.