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. In 2018 he received the Bold Brush Favorite 15 jury's award and in 2019 he received two finalist awards from the International ARC Salon.

            Additionally, two of his works were selected for the South Carolina Maritime Museum's permanent collection and 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 by Reinert Fine Art.

Artist Statement

“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."

Recent Honors and Exhibitions
ARC Salon International Finalist Award for Landscape. Art Renewal Center international competition.
ARC Salon International Finalist Award for Plein Air Painting. Art Renewal Center international competition.
Bold Brush national painting competition, "Favorite 15" jury's award, for Golden Moonrise.
South Carolina Maritime Museum, Charleston Harbor at Castle Pinckney and Gale Near Fort
chosen for the museum's permanent collection.
McBride Gallery, invitational group show, Impression Tonalism, and Perceptualism, Annapolis, MD.
Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, A Brilliant Sunset, featured image for McBride Gallery, July/August issue.
American Society of Marine Artists, National Marine Art Invitational, Principle Gallery,
Charleston, SC.
  Featured Artist, Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE), Reinert Fine Art, 
Charleston, SC, Feb.
Gibbes Museum of Art, Fall Palmetto Stand chosen for the Art of Healing program for the 
Roper St. Francis Hospital System.
Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, solo feature, Tonalism Survives in Charleston, Fine Art
Today Online, Jan.
American Impressionist Society, Interview with Jason Sacran,
Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, Nov/Dec.
Featured image, Stern Light, National Marine Art Invitational show announcement,
Carolina Arts magazine, Nov.
Featured Artist, Sea Island Landscapes, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
Featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine Southern Charms: Art in Charleston, Feb.
Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Gallery Focus: Reinert Fine Art, Feb.
Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Collecting Fine Art in Charleston and the
Carolinas, Feb.
Featured Artists, Mark Beale and Bob Graham, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC
  Featured in Fine Art Today online edition, Artist Profile: Mark Beale Dec.
Blue Ribbon Member’s Award, Charleston Artist Guild
Gibbes Museum of Art, Renovation Exhibition, Charleston, SC
Featured in Art Galleries & Artists of the South, 13:2
  Wildlife Experience Museum, Paint the Parks Winners Exhibition, Denver, CO
Blue Ribbon Purchase Award, Magnolia Garden’s National Landscape Competition, Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC
Salmagundi Club, Invited Artist, Non-Members Exhibition, New York, NY
Coutts Museum of Art, Paint the Parks Winners Exhibition, Eldorado, KS
Second Place, South State Bank People’s Choice Awards, Charleston, SC 
  Solo Show, On the Waterfront, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery
Piccolo Spoleto Festival Juried Art Exhibition, Charleston, SC
  Solo Show, Tones of the Coastal Landscape, Charleston Artist Guild Gallery, Charleston,
Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Collecting Fine Art In Charleston, Nov.
Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Oil Painters of America: Focus on Representational Art, Oct.
Featured in American Art Collector magazine, Ephemeral Visions: Collecting Landscape
Art, Sept. 

The artist reserves copyrights to all images.