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Homeless veteran leaves behind hundreds of paintings

Posted at 6:07 PM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 22:55:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- Roger Francis, also known as Francis Love, died two years ago at the age of 70. He was a marine who served in the Vietnam War.

When he died, his family discovered about 300 paintings from over the years and as of a few months ago his sister, Peggy Starns found a gallery to host an art show. "He goes what are you going to do with all these paintings and I said I don’t now we already gave a bunch to the church."

For a period of his life, Love was homeless. "He was homeless for about 20 years and then he finally hooked up with VA and then he got some living expenses and was in the studio,” his sister tells 10News.

After being homeless for two decades, he grew close with the community and continued to donate after he got his own apartment.

Two years since his death, all proceeds from the art show on Friday will go to the Alpha Project to help San Diego’s homeless.

250 paintings will be for sale at Good Friday Gallery located downtown at 556 19th Street. The art show starts at 6 pm and will last four hours.