Painter and Etcher
Reynolds Beal was a painter and etcher. He studied naval architecture at Cornell University from 1885 to 1889. In 1890 he studied art with William Merrit Chase at Shinnecock and later at the Art Students' League. Reynolds Beal was the son of a wealthy New England family. He grew up passionate about two things, art and the sea; and his circumstances made it possible to dedicate himself to yachting and painting with little need to sell his work. After a brief stint at Cornell University in the 1880s, to study naval architecture, Beal began learning to paint from William Merritt Chase. Chase's blend of Impressionism with an emphasis on the effect of immediacy strongly influenced Beal. Another important influence was Henry Ward Ranger, founder of the artist's colony at Old Lyme. The two shared a love for the Connecticut shoreline. He was an associate member of the National Academy of Design (1909); a founding member of the Society of Independent Artists (1917) and the New York Society of Artists; a member of the National Arts CLub, the Lotos Club, the Society of American Etchers, and the Salmagundi Club.
He was the older brother of artist Gifford Beal. His keen interest in yachting resulted in his creating many maritime paintings and drawings. He painted from Rockport, Mass to the Hudson River Valley and in the Caribbean. He worked in Provincetown from 1900 to 1919; in Bermuda in 1922, and again in 1939 and 1940. He painted on the West Coast, in Central America, and in Portugal, traveling with his friends Childe Hassam, E. Lawson, or Henry Ward Ranger.