John Court was born in Annapolis, Maryland on March 6, 1948. He grew up in Maryland and Virginia attending private boarding schools before matriculating at Cornell University in 1967. At Cornell he studied painting with Norman Daly, Kenneth Evett and Gillian Pederson-krag finishing with a BFA in 1970 and an MFA in 1972. He then returned to Richmond, Va. where he continued with his career as a portrait painter which he had undertaken and begun at age 11 while living with his family in Williamsburg, Va.
After doing Senator Barry Goldwater’s portrait for the National Portrait Gallery in 1983, in 1984 he simultaneously acquired properties in Scottsdale, Az. and the Portuguese Azorean Islands. He left Arizona in 1995 and settled permanently in the Azores on the Island of Sao Miguel where he designed, built and still lives in his studio complex named ‘Perseverando’.
He presently maintains and conducts his career from the Azores as an internationally known portraitist, landscape painter and, occasionally,sculptor.