Goff was born in 1949 in a small South Wales town called Brynmawr where his artistic interests were first noticed and encouraged by his very supportive art teacher at the local grammar school.
On leaving school, Goff trained at the West of England College of Art, Bristol, Cardiff College of Art and Cardiff University.
He then taught at St Illtyd’s College, Cardiff until moving into the management of education for a number of local authorities in South East Wales.
This became his full time occupation for many years. However, it is in the past few years that he has acquired a confidence in his own understanding of art to paint for his own purpose, in his own way, regardless of trends or prejudices.
Fortunately, this has proven to be very successful and enabled him to explore a completely new career as a full time professional artist.
All of Goff’s images are directly influenced by the Welsh landscape, personal recollections or a combination of both. Throughout his life, the area in which he has lived and worked has provided a constant source of inspiration. ” I often find myself linking past events with the development of my paintings and using familiar imagery to reinforce the connection”.
Although most of his paintings have personal recollection and experience as their foundation, they are ‘generalised’ in a way which makes their appeal extremely wide ranging, A prolific artist, his originals are in great demand, regularly being sold, often in advance of being painted.
He works from a studio in his native town of Brynmawr and continues to appreciate the direct links with his ‘origins’ which provide the stimulation for the majority of his work