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Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001 1B m P rm Inside Section B Arts & Entertainment CI Opinion & Perspective Letters to tJ}e Editor Vitals O s thick- but one Plumas has learned relationship can that. Gogue share deeper than and son-- And though vastly differ- vary, that gives many parents miss in relationship was still continues as of his Janet and moved to Her parents in Beck- used to go Janet was her parents took up resi. and eventually moving to early jobs was Depart- of the first ac- involved art class in the days of College in its were located Janet re- in-st class cap- and to do, be- redo Janet said about she took she from the she would through the confidence as on the court- gave Janet her in her- Shelton put- of his plea- "And he still tells me to keep confidence booster 1 Plumas District d her an painting. It the hospital she a little 16 by 20 a Pond and some still employed by Department, to paint a for a redecorat- the supervisors' L she knew the col. that 1972 redeco- After looking at magazines and local scenery, came up with in Plurnas about that paint- Janet said she supervisors' see if it was still it had been the Plumas Coun- the painting now county adminis- Were Janet's first within a short shifted to oils. too fast, she the feel of the she said. her as impressionis- "look fresh and the use of able to make her real without at- make them look was born, and that two young her time. Art for about 15 was art for her- Jeff, who 'ing a love and a grade was Started doing it," back to the of people his around and he ever got had to do with art," Jeff and Janet Gogue consider Utem..--Ives to be a close family, but a shared interest in art has brought them even closer. Janet Gogua poses with a painting she pervlsers' chambers in the courthouse trative offllce did to decerate the Plumas County Board of Su- in 1972. The painting now IMmgs in the mlminis. Jeff Gogue works at learning to perfect his alrbcushing dlls. Janet said. "And he had ac-derellaie, but we were very plentiful, so he remembered cess to my stuff." poor," Jeff said about his ear. making much of what he "This sounds kind of Cin- ly childhood. Toys weren'tplayed with, and art became a Janet Gogue has had a guiding est in art. Photos by Victoda Metcalf Jeff Gogue is now Involved In air brushing Here he has sketched a Japanese fish, and then is adding the cok or by airbrushing it. On a nearby wall, hangs pic- ture of a Jungle cat Jeff completed earlier. part of that process. But there was a positive to this, Jeff said. As teachers and others began to recognize his talent, he said it gave him an identity. "I was the kid who could draw." "Everybody saw the poten- tial," Janet said about how her son amazed people with his drawings. "He definitely didn't go out and get in trou- ble. He got a lot of attention through his art." In 1986, when Jeff was 13 and living with his mother at a Christian-based program, he joined other students in the small school who were sub. mitting their best work to a Christian school competition. Art wasn't the only thing submitted, Janet said. Some of the students were involved in science or writing, or other projects. But Jeff entered an eagle he had drawn. Thinking of the process leading up to the competition, Janet said that one day Jeff asked her how to make an ea- gle feather look real. She worked for the school, and took a few minutes to show him how to draw the feathers and then shade them. One thousand prints of the eagle were made up and sold for $7 each, Janet said. They earned the school enough money to take every student who entered the contest to the competition. That was also the drawing he entered in the competition. It took first in the state in the Christian schools category, and later won a first on the in. ternational level. "He got a letter from Presi- dent Reagan congratulating him and we still have it. That really encouraged Jeff," Janet said. Comparisons While Janet calls her style hand in her son Jeff's Inter- impressionistic, Jeff is still experimenting. Although he loves to draw, he's been exper- imenting with airbrush tech- niques and plans to begin tak- ing art classes his mother is just beginning. "Mary Schmidt said my style is painterly," and she considers that a high compli- ment coming from a man she views as her mentor. "I also took art history from him,, she added. "He is my ed- ucation." And in turn, what she has learned from Schmidt, she in. tends to pass along to her son and other art students as she's finally earned the time to teach. "Just this year my time has come," Janet said about her art. "I do graphics and art work everyday, all day," she said. She works at a Quincy restaurant at night as a wait- ress, and that still leaves enough time for her to pursue her passion for art. "I do sketching really," Jeff said about his style at this point in his life. "He specializes in people and animals," Janet said. Janet likes flowers and land- scapes. "I'm just getting started," Jeff said. And in the years he's been working as an artist, he's also had his time where he had to give up art. At one point he was selling prints of his work that he was hand.coloring. Developing carpel tunnel in his wrists he had to give up sketching for about five years and turn his full attention to construction work. And then when he got hurt on the job and was laid up, he learned that one thing he could return to was his art. As Jeff continues to experi- ment and learn, he said that he's tried watercolors. "I've been told that with watercol- ors that I draw with my water- colors and I don't want to do that, I want to paint." As Jeff has experimented in the various avenues of artistic expression, he's learned to do the art of tattooing. "His tattoos are gorgeous," Janet said. "They're works of art. Some of them are jewel like." Commitment While Janet and Jeff share a background in artistic inter- ests, they also share feelings about their involvement in art. "It gets you a way of con- necting with people that's somewhat personal," Janet said about her art. "It adds so much depth to life to have art in it. "It gives you expressions, but also makes you vulnera- ble," Jeff said about the process. "It lets people look into your soul," Janet said. Jeff and Janet Gogue are sharing a showing at the Plumas County Arts Commis- sion Gallery on Main Street in Quincy through January.