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Arthur Rayford (1924 - 2007) was a self-taught writer and artist who began his exploration of the visual arts upon his retirement in 1986. He cited the great classical and jazz composers as his sources of inspiration. His paintings are included in the permanent collection of the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn.; the Museum of Arts & Science in Daytona Beach; the University of Maryland; Georgetown University; and the National Education Association.
He took part in numerous one-man and group exhibitions and was the featured artist during the 1997 DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. “I never went to school for this,” he told a reporter at the time. “Sometimes life just stops you, and every time you get stopped, you get a chance to do something different. My destiny drove me to this.”