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Welcome to the Chris Shields Portfolio.
Illustrations: Gallery 1 contains a selection of published Wildlife Illustration and Natural History Illustration work commissioned by various publishers for books, calendars, cards, posters, magazines and jigsaws puzzles. The gallery is divided into nine sections: Bird illustrations, Insects illustrations, Fish illustrations, Mammal illustrations, Botanical illustrations, Reptile & Amphibian illustrations Invertebrate illustrations, and Fungi illustrations. Although mainly natural history illustrations, there are Miscellaneous and Composites sections showing a wide range of other illustration subjects.
Paintings: Gallery 2 displays paintings and drawings covering subjects from landscape, seascape and wildlife art to still-life, people and places. As a wildlife artist and keen naturalist Chris has a particular interest in moths and butterflies and always include one in each of his paintings, although they are sometimes very hard to find!
If you wish to purchase any of the paintings or illustrations you see on this web site or commission new artwork please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Chris Shields, artist and wildlife illustrator, was born in Manchester
England and graduated from Northwich College of Art and
Design in 1973.
He has been painting and illustrating animals since he was knee high to a grasshopper and feels himself fortunate indeed, to have combined his two main passions in life - wildlife and painting, into a life long career as a wildlife artist.
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, specializing in book illustration.
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, specializing in book illustration.
He spent many years perfecting his
artistic skills and is now regarded as one of the worlds foremost
Wildlife illustrators. Chris has produced to date in excess
of thirty 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 organizations 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 Chrisí is Tango Argentino, he has been dancing Tango for eight years and teaching it 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 begun!
Though still not neglecting his work as a Wildlife Artist !
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Salmon - Animator. The
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