I am a painter of life around me. That means cities, landscapes and people. The sublime glimpsed from ordinary places is important to me. But I am also interested in ideas and the history of Western art and architecture – these too find a place in my works.
I have travelled extensively for business and pleasure and a sketchbook is always close at hand. I have been privileged to meet many of Australia and the world’s political leaders, scientists and policy advisers.
I trained part time at the Queensland Technical College and with teachers including Betty and Roy Churcher, Jon Molvig, Andrew Sibley and Melville Heysom. Peter Kennedy, Mike Parr and Mervyn Moriarty were Brisbane contemporaries.
Roger's recent exhibition at Humble House was reviewed by leading art critic Sasha Grishin. You can read Sasha's review here Roger Beale: Sun Rain Flowers at Humble House gallery shares passion and beauty
The scent of gardenias on the night air
2018 oil on canvas 167 x 127cm A romantic memory of a night in Sicily sitting on a terrace, looking at an ancient Greek temple with a beautiful scent of...
2019 Oil on canvas 77cm high x 94cm wide Spring roses from our wonderful gardens at The Grange, in Canberra.
2019 oil on canvas 75 x 60cm A fading memory of a royal past. This gatehouse and avenues of great trees once marked the entrance to one of the palaces...
2019 oil on canvas 66 x 47cm The sun beat down on this Spanish farmhouse perched amongst wildflowers on this rocky hillside.
2018 pastel on paper 55 x 65cm A scene I just had to paint. Canberra has a special relationship with clouds particularly in the late spring.
Wheat fields Spain
2019 acrylic and pastel on paper 55 x 75cm The sun caught this wheat field just as a thunder front began to move through. Ten minutes later this view had...
The White Rose - Study
2019 oil on paper 29 x 37.5cm A beautiful rose growing in the wonderful gardens of the Grange, Canberra.
Peony at edge of light - Study
2019 oil on paper 26 x 42cm My initial reaction to the bunch of flowers that celebrate Canberra’s spring – caught between the lamplight and the twilight outside.
Lake Maggiore flowers - Study
2019 oil on paper 26 x 42cm My first impression of the beautiful scene that greeted us every morning at Stresa on Lake Maggiori in Northern Italy.
Baroque poppy - Study
2018 pastel on paper 42 x 29cm This study provided the basis for a large oil painting which is one of the many of my paintings owned by Canberra’s power...
Peony, rose, gardenia - Study
2019 oil on paper 29 x 29cm Another study of Spring flowers, painted in a manner that reflects my love of the Dutch Baroque Golden Age.