Ray Hardcastle was born in 1952 in Birtley,Co.Durham,.a then small mining town in the north east of england. He has always loved the countryside and everything in it that moves, Ray has loved drawing and painting from as far back as he can remember, he would spend hours drawing and painting animals , wildlife was his passion,so much so that all through his school days he was never allowed to sit near the windows in class, Ray was more interested in what was going on outside, than in. Anyway he grew up and things changed and he now lives in essex. he started helping out his nephew in his cleaning company,and it became more or less full time . so after a talk ,, and after years of, cleaning school kitchens, Ray is back to do what he loves and that is to become at least, known as a respected animal artist….he lives in hope…Ray hopes you like his work..