Chris Jones was born in 1974 in Dorset and the natural world is the only subject that has ever inspired his art. He studied Natural History Illustration at art-college, with no intention of becoming an illustrator. However, he immediately set out on a full-time painting career. Chris has exhibited widely, both in the UK and USA, won awards and sold at auction. He has also travelled extensively in search of inspiration and has undertaken many commissions; including major paintings for the late zoologist, John Aspinall, and a body of work on the dodo, for which he was allowed to handle and study the last remaining dodo head in existence. Despite a diverse body of work Chris' style of high realism, built up in distinct layers of oil, has remained a constant, as has his interest in composition and design. He says, "I love a strong image, be it a dramatic one or just what I think to be a ‘perfect moment' - sometimes something as simple as the way a bird perches. My primary concern (you could call it obsession) is always to convey the beauty....". Chris is as influenced by the technique of classical realist painters, such as Velasquez and the Pre-Raphaelites, as by contemporary artists like Ray Ching, and it is often this fusion of the old and the new that typifies his work. In recent years his interest has focused on the world of poultry, particularly chickens, which he feels may be the perfect subject for him. He has been commissioned to paint specific show-winning birds and rare breeds and his work has featured in various publications, including BBC Wildlife, The Field, Country Living, as well as in specialist and scientific titles. Chris currently lives and works in Wiltshire.