Born in New York, Gifford Beal painted throughout New England, as well as on visits to Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and even West Africa. He studied with William Merritt Chase both in New York and at Chase’s famed Shinnecock Summer School, and later at the Art Students League. He was a member of the National Academy, American Watercolor Society, and Century Association. He exhibited widely and was awarded for his skill several times, including at the St. Louis Exposition in 1904, National Academy of Design beginning in 1910, The Art Institute of Chicago in 1913, and Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915. Today his work is in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy; Detroit Institute of Arts; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and New Britain Museum of American Art.