Rayford was born in Standish near Wigan in 1978. He moved to York as a young child, and now resides in one of its picturesque surrounding villages.
While studying Industrial Design at University, Rayford developed his true passion for art in his spare time. After many years subsequently working as a creative 3D designer across a variety of industry sectors, Rayford launched his own business in order to pursue his interest in art further, and commit time to developing his ability and style.
Entirely self taught, Rayford draws inspiration from the beautiful landscape and eclectic mix of new and historic architectural features that can be found around the country. By excluding people from his paintings, Rayford instead draws on the personality inherent within our everyday surroundings to bring his pictures to life. The result is a style that brings fun and character to his subject, and a well received individuality that has been featured in various publications.