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 free 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 oil painting style draws from the 19th Century Tonalist and Impressionist schools and from his formative experiences boating and painting on location.
Beale has extended the Tonalist style and applied it to the coastal landscape and marine environment based on 40 years of boating along the coastal south. This style emphasizes mood and atmosphere and a unifying sense of color harmony. He often chooses to depict times of changing light such as sunrise, sunset, moonrise, dawn or dusk and aims to communicate an emotional experience to the viewer through a connection to nature. His work exudes a timeless quality, as he prefers to paint the pure landscape and only occasionally includes primitive skiffs and dwellings.
Beale’s work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions and earned many awards including two from the National Parks Foundation “Paint the Parks” competition. In 2012, two of his works were chosen for the National Parks two - year traveling exhibit. In 2014, Beale was invited to exhibit at the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City, where the originators of Tonalism have exhibited their work since 1870.
Additionally, he has participated in several museum exhibitions across the country including the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina, The Coutts Museum of Art in Eldorado, Kansas, and the Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver Colorado. 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.
He is represented in Charleston South Carolina and Blowing
Rock, North Carolina by Reinert Fine Art.
“Exploring our emotional connection to nature is the primary inspiration
for my work. I am most interested in the moods and atmosphere of the
coastal landscape, based on 40 years of boating in small craft along the
coastal South. My goal is to create paintings that communicate an
emotion and emphasize beauty, while drawing the viewer in to participate
in the experience. 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.|