Born in Fort Worth, Texas, John T. Berry grew up with a passion for horses in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He resided in southern California for thirteen years before moving to Taos, New Mexico in 1987.
Prior to pursuing a full-time art career, Berry trained and showed horses professionally. Following training with Olympic standard riders and instructors, like Gabor Foltenyi and Carol Grant Oldford, Berry began a 16-year career as a professional trainer and show rider. Initially working with hunters and jumpers, he eventually embraced dressage, a discipline he continues to participate in.
Berry’s passion for horses matches his passion for painting. After mastering the portrait and human figure, Berry began to focus on equine art. His riding career and his intimate knowledge of the anatomy, movement and spirit of the horse continue to inform and inspire his work. He finds that the years of riding have provided the necessary discipline and persistence that serve him well in his artistic endeavors.
John Thomas Berry’s work has received awards from such prestigious organizations as the American Academy of Equine Art and the Hudson Valley Art Association in New York City. His paintings hang in private and corporate collections throughout the U.S., Ireland, England, France and Spain.
Works by this artisan can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.