Toni studied painting and illustration 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 within an advertising agency, while also playing professionally in many notable jazz bands. Throughout this period, Toni continued to study painting with a number of private teachers and also started illustrating children's books on a freelance basis.
In 1960, Goffe married and moved back to Hampshire where he and his wife started The Pendulum Gallery in Selborne, specialising first in natural history subjects and later modern paintings. The Gallery also provided Toni Goffe with a platform to exhibit his own illustrations, original gouaches and pastels, as well as those of other local artists.
In 1982, he moved to Boston, USA, to direct The John Stobart Gallery on Lewis Wharf, concentrating solely on oil painting and being privileged to study the medium with John Stobart. He exhibited in numerous galleries along the East Coast between 1982 and 1985, in both mixed and one-man shows.
Toni returned to Hampshire in England with his family in 1985, continuing to work freelance as an illustrator and painter. His landscapes and seascapes won him great acclaim, with exhibitions both in the UK and Ireland. Toni's local gallery, The Allen Galley in Alton, has held a one-man exhibition of his work regularly over the last ten years, and Toni's work continues to be in much demand across the Home Counties as well as further afield.
Toni received formal recognition for his work in 1993 when he
received the Gold Medallion Book Award for his illustrations for the
children's book, 'Just In Case You Ever Wonder'. He joined the Halcyon
Gallery and Washington Green in 1999, with numerous originals produced as
lithographs featuring his pet cats Mungo and Mingus. A collection of his
work was also recently featured in the Halcyon Gallery's 'Art In