I have in Ohio for awhile and out of touch with people in New York so just learned of Jack's transition through a spontaneous urge to do a Google search of his name. Feeling the loss has led me to this site.
I have fond memories of driving by your mailbox for years wondering if there was any connection to Jack Beal the artist. I was delighted to discover there was, and very much enjoyed seeing the labor paintings in progress and attending a watercolor workshop I took with Jack in the 1990's. (At which time he gave me copies of the prints of the completed labor paintings).
I still have the largest painting I did at the workshop, a Beal/Freckelton realistic style depiction of moldy fruit titled "It's Still Life". My husband at the time created the title. (Giving creative credit where it is due.)
Love and Blessings.
Dear Sandy, This is sad news indeed. The two of you were not only an inspiration but friends when I badly needed one. Jack was a very fine gentleman and a spectacular artist. My thoughts are with you. Alayne Trachewsky (Walnut Creek, CA)
Dear Sondra, My heart goes out to you with your loss. I so enjoyed spending time with you and Jack In Oneonta for the two workshops I was able to be included in. They were magical in every sense of the word. From the grounds to the art work and instruction. I love the art work that I have from both of you. I think of Jack with his great smile and suggestions of how to improve oneself in addition to ones artwork.
Sad to hear the news. I have so many memories of you and Jack. Some of the most vivid memories of my childhood. His love of life was and is an inspiration to me.
Jack fashioned his life like his paintings--rich with color and dynamic compositions. Thank you both for sharing your beauty with me. My heart and spirit are with you as you continue to celebrate his life. Love, Edy