Pastel Painter of Seascapes, Landscapes, and the Still Life
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.
Like all the Gallery 31 Fine Art artists, Jeanne's sole gallery on Cape Cod is Gallery 31 Fine Art.