Rayford was born in 1978 near Wigan, he moved to York as a young child, and now resides in one of its picturesque surrounding villages. While studying for a degree in Industrial Design at university, he developed his passion for art in his spare time. Subsequent years were spent working as a 3d designer, while Rayford continued to produce pencil drawings to commission, and for his own pleasure when time allowed. Entirely self-taught he was keen to begin working in colour and to explore the possibilities this would bring. Finding time to indulge his artistic sensibilities was difficult so in 2010 Rayford decided to pursue his interest in art as a full-time profession, and commit time to developing his ability and style.