Chris was born in Colchester in 1958 and has a degree in Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic and fell into Illustration by accident. It was by pure chance that he met an illustrator who suggested he join the Association of Illustrators. It was suggested that his style of drawing at the time would suit children's books and through one of the illustrators, (Alan Snow), a meeting was arranged with Ian Butterworth who was then Art Director at Harper/Collins. Other offers began to come in and gradually he had enough work to become a self employed Children's Book Illustrator. He has Illustrated over 80 Books and been shortlisted for several awards for the books he has been involved with. He soon hopes to start writing his own texts, which he feels is long overdue.