Award winning artist and wildlife illustrator Chris Shields was born in Manchester England in 1954 and graduated from Northwich College of Art and Design in 1973. Since then he has travelled widely gathering material for his paintings, his researches have taken him as far afield as: India, Nepal, The Caribbean, Africa, much of Europe and he spent two and a half years living and working in Shanghai China.
Now regarded as one of the worlds leading natural history illustrators Chris spent many years perfecting his artistic skills both in his highly detailed natural history illustrations, and his more impressionistic wildlife and landscape paintings.
He has created to date in excess of thirty thousand paintings and illustrations reproduced in over 300 books, numerous magazines, calendars, greeting cards, posters and jigsaw puzzles. He has exhibited regularly in the Mall Galleries London plus many other parts of the United Kingdom and China and has paintings in public and private collections all over the world.
Some of the many publishers he has worked for include: The BBC, Harper Collins, A & C Black, and Random House He has also undertaken numerous commissions for the Wildlife trusts, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Field Studies Council in the UK. He is currently working on series of paintings for Morro Bay National Park in California USA.
A keen entomologist Chris always includes a moth or butterfly in all his paintings, although they are sometimes very difficult to find!