Toni Goffe studied painting, illustration and (secretly) double bass at Southampton College of Art in Hampshire between 1952-1956, gaining a National Diploma in Design. On completing the course, he moved to London where he freelanced as an illustrator and studied painting with a number of private tutors. He supported this by playing double bass professionally in many notable London jazz bands. During this period, Toni started illustrating children’s books on a freelance basis. Started to exhibit in London.
After a move to Boston USA to run The John Stobart Gallery in 1982 for three years Toni and his family returned to Hampshire to continue painting there. An offer to become chairman of a newly formed Hampshire Artists Co-Operative which is still going well after 12 exciting years.
The world about us as seen through Toni's eyes is the world of whimsical cats, fanciful dogs quizzical sheep and curious cows and luscious landscapes of the rural countryside, hidden harbours and mysterious ports as seen through his rainbow coloured glasses.