John T. Berry
John Berry was in his late 30s before he decided to pursue a career in the arts. His art background includes study of the human figure and portraiture with Jack Ragland (listed in Who's Who in American Art) and Edward Moore in the 1980s, and in Taos, New Mexico, with David Borenstien and Valorie Fussell in the 1990s. When Berry began to make the transition to Sporting Art (primarily horses and dogs in sport) he found encouragement and support in his friend and mentor, Lanford Monroe, an internationally known landscape and wildlife painter. John Berry's work has been juried into such prestigious art institutions as Salmagundi in New York. He holds the distinction of winning three consecutive major awards in three different mediums (oil painting, drawing and sculpture) in the Hudson Valley Art Association in New York City. His work is in numerous corporate and private art collections throughout the US, Great Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. He was awarded "Best in Show" and "Patrons Award" at the 15th annual Santa Fe Trail International Art Show in 2002 at the A.R. Mitchell Museum, in Trinidad, Colorado, for his bronze sculpture "Steppin Out." In 1998, his painting The Black and the Gray was awarded "The Sporting Art Award" at the American Academy of Equine Art, Museum of the Horse, Lexington, Kentucky. While living in Taos, New Mexico, he was juried into the annual show of distinction "Taos Invites Taos" six times. He has taught Art in Spain for the Taos Art School and has been awarded an Artists’ Residency in Cill Railig, Ireland.