Born in London, he studied at Battersea Polytechnic and at Royal College of Art under William Rothenstein. In the early 1930s he moved to Stroud where he was befriended by Charles March Gere who, along with Moody’s former mentor Rothenstein, inducted him into the Cheltenham Group of Artists. Moody painted classical narrative works enthused with an ethos of the Arts and Crafts philosophy. He was appointed Headmaster of Malvern School of Art in 1935, a post he held until 1962 when he was succeeded by his daughter Catherine. The Harris Museum in Preston held a retrospective exhibition, ‘The Last Classicist’, in 1992 and his work featured in the 2010 exhibition ‘Counterpoint - Modern Realism 1910-1950’ held at the Fine Art Society.