Jacalyn Beam was born in Chester County, Pa. Her early training in art was rooted in the history and beauty of the Brandywine Valley. She holds a B.S. in Music, M.Ed. and Ed.D. and has always held a passion for painting. The Wyeth’s, Sorolla, Sargent Sotter and Schofield are a few of her favorite artists.
“I paint outdoors because the world is rich with beauty and it’s the optimal way to see three dimensional objects, the subtleties of light and shadow, atmospheric perspective and real colors. Plein air painting is also a lot of fun! You meet new friends - animal and human, have fleeting conversations with bicyclists and joggers, and experience the sounds and smells of the outdoors.”
Jacalyn is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, Washington Society of Landscape Painters, American Women Artists, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (MAPAPA). She served on the MAPAPA Board of Directors and the Chaddsford Historical Society for eight years and continues to support education in the arts. January 2020, Governor John Carney appointed Dr. Beam to serve on the state’s art council which plans, supports and evaluates statewide arts programming.
Jacalyn is included in the books, “100 Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters” published by Shiffer and “Brandywine Reflections” - as an artist helping to preserve Brandywine traditions. The HUNT Magazine featured her in the 2019 edition. Jacalyn participates in juried Plein Air events across the country garnering awards that include First Place ,Best of Show -Brandywine Conservancy Land Arts, People’s Choice Award -Brandywine Plein Air., Second Place-Buck County Plein Air , Honorable Mentions in Brandywine Plein Air, Easels in Frederick, Annapolis Plein Air , and Brandywine Conservancy Land Arts Plein Air Events. Her greatest awards are when new and returning patrons purchase her paintings for their home.
Jacalyn has exhibited in multiple one-person shows at galleries and collaborates with community art fundraisers - including invitations as a featured artist for the Paoli Hospital Gala, the Notre Dame de Namours Art Show, and Chaddsford School fundraiser - an event Betsy Wyeth started when Jamie attend school there.