A self-taught artist, Chris's work has been published for over two decades. His work first appeared in print in the late 1980's when a magazine article featured his work. This led to commissions to produce art for two magazines. This was followed in 1994 with his first book commission to Illustrate The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom for Element Books. Since then his work has appeared in over 40 books. This includes the best selling Real Witches series for Thorsons-Element. Chris has also authored three books of his own. The last two, for publishers David & Charles, were reprinted in UK, American, German, French, Russian and Chinese editions .
For many years, Chris specialised in Celtic art. During that time, his art appeared on cards, window transparencies, mugs, coasters and wall plaques. Now Chris concentrates on fantasy art. Mostly producing digital paintings for print, Chris incorporates traditional techniques he learnt while book illustrating.
This is what Chris says about his work:
"Looking back at the trajectory which my art has taken, it can be hard to see the connection between the different stages. Custom spray painting motorbikes in the 1980ís. Celtic art through the 1990ís. Book illustrating, mostly in traditional pen and ink. Then digital fantasy painting over the last few years. Different styles, different mediums, different eras. For me, the glue which holds it all together and informs much of what I do, is the proximity to where I live of Stonehenge. It has been within walking distance for most of my life. Even the school I went to was called Stonehenge school. The draw of the monument and the free festival held there in the time of my youth was a key influence to my development as an artist. I can feel its roots through much of what I do. I saw there was a life other than the one I had known previously. For me, art is a journey of exploration. When I start a painting, I do not always know where it will take me. But I do know it will be to somewhere else. A journey to the otherworld."