Chris Shields, artist and wildlife illustrator, was born in Manchester England in 1954 and graduated from Northwich College of Art and Design in 1973.
In 1983 after a short career in advertising and commercial art he followed his passion for wildlife and became a self-employed wildlife artist and illustrator, specialising in book illustration.
He spent many years perfecting his artistic skills and is now regarded as one of Europes foremost Wildlife illustrators; he is also a talented painter of landscapes, still-life, murals and people. Chris has produced to date in excess of twenty thousand wildlife illustrations in over 300 books, numerous calendars, greeting cards, posters and jigsaw puzzles. He has exhibited his paintings widely in the United Kingdom and China and has paintings in public and private collections all over the world.
As a wildlife artist & illustrator he has work published by many organisations including: A & C Black, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Harper Collins, Usborne Publishing and environmental charities such as: WWF (The World Wide Fund for Nature), RSPB (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), FSC (Field Studies Council) and The Wildlife Trusts.
From wildlife illustrator to tango artist! Another great passion of Chris is Tango Argentino, he has been dancing for eight years and teaching tango for five years. Chris taught tango in Shanghai China for two and a half years and is now teaching Tango in Manchester at the Instituto Cervantes. This passion for tango is now beginning to show itself in his paintings and so a new chapter in his career as an artist has just begun!
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