I came to art relatively late in life. After spending nearly forty years working around the world in electronics’ engineering, most of them with the Army, I decided to study for a Diploma in Fine Arts at Salisbury College, one of my better decisions.

My art is primarily inspired by my life-long love of early jazz. My aim is to capture this joyful, brash and exuberant music in free flowing, rhythmic colour. In more reflective moments I enjoy sketching and life drawing, which often forms the source of myother colourful paintings in various media.

Originally from the Wirral, I now live on the outskirts of Salisbury, just a minute's walk from Castle Hill Country Park, with its lovely wide vistas, and a short stroll to historic Old Sarum. The city, its Cathedral Close and beautiful surrounding countryside are constant sources of inspiration.

When not creating vivid works of art, I play the baritone with Amesbury Town Band and teach ukulele with Sarum Ukulele Learning Group. I also enjoy the joys of community ukulele playing, and singing, with the Salisbury Pluckers.

Click here  to email Ray :
or telephone (+44) 01722 414299

Some links

Phillip Hutchings

Rare Form New Media

Amesbury Town Band


I'm indebted to Jeannie Palden of  who originally designed this site.