Rayford was born in Standish near Wigan in 1978. He moved to York as a young child, and now resides in one of the picturesque surrounding villages. While studying Industrial Design at University Rayford developed his true passion for art in his spare time. After ten years subsequently working as a 3D designer he decided to pursue his interest in art as a full time profession.
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 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.