Pastel Painter of Seascapes, Landscapes, and the Still Life

Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith

Internationally acclaimed ward-winning artist Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University and at the New Jersey Center for Visual Art as well as the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey.  After earning her PhD and spending ten years teaching college English, she began painting professionally when her youngest child started school in 2004.  Since then, Jeanne has attained highest honors and worldwide recognition as a pastel artist and teacher of this beautiful, soft, dry medium.

Since first touching pastels many years ago, Smith fell in love with the direct touch and velvety richness of pastels.  She is known for her active, dramatic wave paintings,  her opulent still lifes, and her expressive portraits.  In college Jeanne spent a year living in Nice, France in a dorm room with a sea view, and this began her lifelong love of the water — one she is currently exploring in her wave series. She returns to the Cape and Islands year round, and she's fascinated with the challenge and potential of painting crashing water with dry pastel. 

Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, a Copley Master of the Copley Society in Boston, as well as a member of New York's Salmagundi Club and Academic Artists. A recent honor was the opportunity to demonstrate in pastel at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of the activities for the William Merritt Chase and French Impressionists’ exhibitions. Jeanne has published numerous articles in the Pastel Journal, a publication of F + W Media, International Artist Magazine, and The American Art Collector.  Her pastel paintings have been chosen to be among the 100 Best for several years running in the magazine's international juried competition. Her latest took first place in landscape for a wave painting of the national seashore on Cape Cod.

Where sea meets shore I find a clash of opposites — motion and stillness, wet and dry, warm and cool — and also a place of light, life, and turning tides. Constant change in light, tides, winds, and the rhythm of the seasons also promise the infinite. I find the sea to be both a natural expression of our human world, and a healing balm for it.
Summer of Love   20 x 60 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $7800

Summer of Love 20 x 60 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $7800

Nature’s beauty and our connection to it inspire my painting, and the sea most of all continues to draw me to its shore, again and again.
The Best Is Yet To Come   24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5200

The Best Is Yet To Come 24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5200

Sunset on the Flats   8 x 10 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $500

Sunset on the Flats 8 x 10 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $500

Puddle jumper 12 x 16 Pastel   by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Puddle jumper 12 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

The Long View   6 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $550

The Long View 6 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $550

Jubilee   12 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Jubilee 12 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Perfect Balance   16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Perfect Balance 16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Savor   16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Savor 16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Azure   12 x 20 Pastel by jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Azure 12 x 20 Pastel by jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Simple Joys   18 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2900

Simple Joys 18 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2900

On the Edge   16 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

On the Edge 16 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Nauset Dunes   9 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $750

Nauset Dunes 9 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $750

Glimmer   7 x 11 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $600

Glimmer 7 x 11 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $600

Sea Salt   16 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2650

Sea Salt 16 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2650

Wave Dance  10 x 27 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2000

Wave Dance 10 x 27 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2000

Sea Green  7 x 14 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $800

Sea Green 7 x 14 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $800

The Anniversary   24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5200

The Anniversary 24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5200

A Welcome Sight   8 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1000

A Welcome Sight 8 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1000

Double Play   16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Double Play 16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Beach Access   16 x 32 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $3500

Beach Access 16 x 32 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $3500

Whisper   15 x 15 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1550

Whisper 15 x 15 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1550

Like all the Gallery 31 Fine Art artists, Jeanne's sole gallery on Cape Cod is Gallery 31 Fine Art. 


Ocean’s Roar    14 x 22  Pastel  by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2400

Ocean’s Roar 14 x 22 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2400

Road to Chapin's Beach   16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Road to Chapin's Beach 16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Autumn Gold    18 x 24 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith  / $2900

Autumn Gold 18 x 24 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2900

Summer Dunes   11 x 14  Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith  / $1100

Summer Dunes 11 x 14 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1100


Miles and Miles    10 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith  /  $1550

Miles and Miles 10 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1550