About me

I retired in 2013 and live with my husband in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.

I worked for almost 40 years with a large multi-national computer company providing  software support on large mainframes. Simply put, my job of investigating and solving software problems was like doing Sudoku puzzles, gathering all available information to find the unique solution. I was fortunate that the job took me traveling to many parts of Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the US, and occasionally to England and Europe.

Since our relocation from Sydney to Leura, I have developed a deep interest in the native plants of the Blue Mountains. Our house is situated on a bush-block and I was lucky enough to attend several semesters of Native Plant Identification classes at the local TAFE.

Perhaps the constant attention to detail of my software support role led me to my passion for botanical illustration of Australia’s native plants. I have been learning to paint and draw since 2006. I also have a strong desire to visit Australia’s remote wild places. So, the opportunity for an art residency on Maatsuyker Island was a dream come true.

Marg Beal


One Response to About me

  1. Hello Marg,

    I am writing from Dorling Kindersley, a London-based publisher of illustrated reference books. We are part of the Penguin Random House group.

    We are creating a new book entitled Fauna. We are at the early stages of the project but I’ll try to give you as much information as I can.

    Fauna will be a 440-page book. Our consulting editor is Derek Harvey, an experienced science author and biology educator, who has been a contributor and consultant on many scientific books for DK.

    Fauna will be essentially an up-close visual exploration, organised in chapters that focus on body parts and senses, of the animal kingdom from its tiniest life-forms to large mammals. It is a curated selection that aims to surprise, intrigue and fascinate the reader with physical adaptations, functions, and behaviours they may never have encountered before.

    We are interested in featuring one of your images from the below-mentioned link;


    The rights we require are Worldwide, All Languages, All Editions, All Forms (Print+Digital – ebooks and epubs) for the life of the run.

    Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in contributing to.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you.



    Surya Sankash Sarangi | Senior Picture Researcher

    T +91 (0)120 4689 600

    DK 3rd Floor, Mindmill Corporate Tower, Plot 24A,

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