Artist biography:

Born in 1962, Mark Beale grew up exploring the creeks and rivers of Tidewater, Virginia and developed an early love for the coastal landscape. As a teenager, he began studying studio art in local workshops with Barclay Sheaks and later with Theodore Turner at the University of Virginia. In 1989, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he currently lives with his wife Terri. His painting style draws from the Nineteenth Century Tonalist and Impressionist Schools and from his formative experiences boating, fishing, and painting on-location.


Beale's work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and earned many awards including two landscape awards from the National Parks Foundation. In 2012, two of his works were chosen for the National Parks two-year traveling exhibit. He has exhibited at museums across the country including The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, The Coutts Museum of Art in Eldorado, Kansas, The Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver, Colorado, and at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. He has been featured in many publications including 7 features in Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector magazines and is listed in Who's Who in American Art. 

Beale has served on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Artist Guild. His work is included in collections around the world. 

Artist statement:

"My inspiration springs from an appreciation of the natural world and our emotional connection to it. I am most interested in the moods and atmosphere of the coastal landscape. My goal is to depict them in a way that touches people and emphasizes beauty. Ultimately, I would like my paintings to remind others of the feelings that God's creation inspires in us."

The artist reserves copyrights to all images.