Janet Gough produces paintings and collages. In describing the inspiration behind her work she said:
“Through my recent work I have been expressing ‘capturing the essence of the moment’. When from the corner of my eye I capture something that visually excites me, and I want to try to preserve the energy of this moment through painting.
“Sometimes I paint a little memory. Stumbled upon through the scent of a colour, the thread of a scrap of fabric, the fragment of a day out. A few past moments retained like snapshots create a visual narrative in paint……stories.
“Sometimes my paintings are collages of moments where I play with real representative collage. I preserve a memory (watercolour on tissue paper) responding with this media to the fragile nature of the subject, which I seal with layers of varnish into a still life.
“If I’m listening to music the lyrics sometimes link subconsciously into pieces of my work. Eventually they become entangled in the paint on the canvas.
“I try to find beauty in the small everyday moments of life, and share it through my paintings. On the days that I get lost, I go back to Matisse, Picasso. I also read Hockney, whose personal perspective lifts my spirits and always makes me seek to find ‘pink through blue’.”