Former Principal of Management College Turns His Hand to Art

Former Principal of Henley Management College, Ray Wild is enjoying creating digital watercolour style artworks in this retirement.  He is now offering to create unique artwork of people’s houses or company offices as well as local scenes.

Ray started his career in Engineering in Manchester.  After getting married he moved to Yorkshire and completed a MSc in Business at Bradford University.  He then worked in Engineering in Liverpool before returning to a faculty post at Bradford University.  Moving to Henley, then Shiplake,  he joined the Henley Management College.  He then went to work at Brunel University in Engineering and became Pro Vice Chancellor. He came back to the Management College and was Principal for 11 years. On retirement he worked as a consultant for three international organizations.

Ray has written about 12 books including four, published, children’s books, one of which won a national prize.

Ray said, “I have been interested in, and have been trying to create art since I was young mostly in watercolour.  I introduced a study of artefacts into the engineering syllabus at Brunel and set up an art gallery at the Management College.  An exhibition of iPad art by David Hockney led me into digital art.”

Moving away from traditional painting, Ray commented, “It just required a lot of patience. One advantage is that you can take it with you anywhere e.g. on holiday. But the screen on an iPad is too small, so I had to invest in a far larger iPad Pro.”

Ray will offer a service through which people can commission a unique, personal piece of art by sending in a photo of their house etc. Ray explains, “They can send me a photo and I create a watercolour style picture. After about 2-3 days I send them a proof copy and if they like it they can buy it for £25.”

If you would like Ray to create some artwork for you, you can email him on