Pastel Painter of Seascapes, Landscapes, and the Still Life: Representational & Abstract

“Simple Pleasures” Solo Exhibition of New Work in Pastel of the Sea and Shore in progress along with new work in abstraction

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.

Crescendo   24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier smith $5200

Crescendo 24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier smith $5200

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.
Endless Blue   20 x 60” Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $7800

Endless Blue 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.
Afternoon Warmth   24 x 18 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $2900

Afternoon Warmth 24 x 18 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $2900

Garden Party   24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $5200

Garden Party 24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $5200

Secret   9 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $750

Secret 9 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $750

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

Dawn Breaks   30 x 15” Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $3000

Dawn Breaks 30 x 15” Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $3000

Sweet Goodbye   20 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1800

Sweet Goodbye 20 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1800

Apple Season   6 x 8 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $425

Apple Season 6 x 8 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $425

Simple Pleasures   20 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1800

Simple Pleasures 20 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1800

All That Glitters   16 x 12 Pastel by jeanne Rosier Smith $1600

All That Glitters 16 x 12 Pastel by jeanne Rosier Smith $1600

Out of the Clear Blue   20 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $2200

Out of the Clear Blue 20 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $2200

Ocean Splash   20 x 10 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1400

Ocean Splash 20 x 10 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1400

Bathing Beauty   36 x 18 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $4400

Bathing Beauty 36 x 18 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $4400

Window Dressing   9 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $800

Window Dressing 9 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $800

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

Savor   16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith SOLD

Savor 16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith SOLD

Miles and Miles   10 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith SOLD

Miles and Miles 10 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith SOLD

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

Azure   12 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1600

Azure 12 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $1600

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

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

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

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

Flower Market   9 x 12” Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $800

Flower Market 9 x 12” Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $800

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

Fire and Ice   12 x 6 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $600

Fire and Ice 12 x 6 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith $600

Increasingly, I’m becoming interested in the intersection of abstraction and realism between the 2-D surface of the paper and the 3-D world that I’m trying to re-create,” says Rosier Smith. “I love it when I can stand in front of a painting at different distances and have a different experience. Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida and Anders Zorn’s work is like that. You get up close and it looks abstract, but if you stand back, it looks so real. I love that effect. In the future, I want to say more with less, to keep things abstract as long as possible, put in just enough details and stop when those details are enough.