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Cheshire based artist Jo Gough on her career success, influences and royal connection

After a professional IT career of 30 years at Cheshire West and Chester Council you followed your passion and entered into the creative world. What was the turning point?

I always had a passion for painting. Growing up there was rarely a time when I did not have a pencil or paint brush in my hand but like many of us, when it came to picking a career path, I started to think more practically about my future. It was a close call between Art and IT, but in the end, I listened to my head and opted to study for an HND in Computer Programming and went on to work for the council for many years. Despite making this career decision, my heart would not be silenced and I continued to indulge in my passion for art in my spare time.

At first, I did this for self enjoyment but as friends and family started to make requests, I soon realised I had the potential to earn a living doing what I loved.

In 2013, I was asked to paint the iconic Liverpool waterfront and the compliments were overwhelming. This was a pivotal turning point for me as I embraced this new genre of painting buildings and landmarks.

Having worked in Chester for three decades, I have a deep connection with the city’s history, culture, and spirit. This intimate knowledge enabled me to capture the essence of Chester’s landmarks, incorporate local elements, and infuse my work with a genuine sense of love and admiration for this remarkable city.

My love of iconic landmarks, flowers and vibrant colours have combined beautifully together to create nostalgic paintings of special places.

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