Pastel I Landscape and Still Life
Award-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 soft medium.
Since first touching pastels more than a decade 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. 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, and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club and Academic Artists. A recent honor was the opportunity to demonstrate in pastel at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in November 2016 as part of the activities for the William Merritt Chase exhibition.
Like all the Gallery 31 Fine Art artists, Jeanne's sole gallery on Cape Cod is Gallery 31 Fine Art.
Among many achievements in the art world Jeanne received the Curator's award for her still life Figs and Triple Cream, 16 x 20, at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in the Signature Members Show of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.
Jeanne is planning to teach again through Gallery 31 Fine Art this November 10, 11, and 12 2017. Visit the WORKSHOPS For ARTISTS page for registration info / place on the waiting list.
She has published numerous articles in the Pastel Journal, a publication of F + W Media. Her pastel paintings have been chosen to be among the 100 Best for several years running in the magazine's international juried competition.