JEANNE ROSIER SMITH

 Pastel       I      Landscape and Still Life

I find waves endlessly inspiring: the light on water, the constant motion, the drama of crashing waves. At the shore I am moved by such wonders as the peaceful stillness of a windless day at low tide. This environment provides me with endless possibilities for painting. I have painted the sea from the coast of France in Nice where I spent a year abroad in college to the mighty roar of the Atlantic at my favorite: Nauset Beach! My seascapes of Cape Cod are from the National Seashore.
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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 first touching pastels twelve years ago, Smith rarely paints in any other medium except oil; she 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.

Endless Summer  18 x 36 Pastel   $4400  /   Winner of BEST 100 PASTELS in 2016 in international juried competition by the Pastel Journal Magazine!

Endless Summer  18 x 36 Pastel   $4400  /   Winner of BEST 100 PASTELS in 2016 in international juried competition by the Pastel Journal Magazine!

Roar of the Sea  24 x 36Pastel$5200

Roar of the Sea  24 x 36Pastel$5200

Road to Chapins  16 x 20 Pastel $2000

Road to Chapins  16 x 20 Pastel $2000

September Splash   16 x 8Pastel  $1200

September Splash   16 x 8Pastel  $1200

Beach Access 15 x 30 Pastel $3200

Beach Access 15 x 30 Pastel $3200

                    Where I Long To Be  8 x 10 pastel   $675

                    Where I Long To Be  8 x 10 pastel   $675

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

      Red Globes  12 x 12 pastel $1100

      Red Globes  12 x 12 pastel $1100


  Looking Up!   10 x 10 pastel   $750

  Looking Up!   10 x 10 pastel   $750

Beyond the Bluff   9 x 9 pastel $675

Beyond the Bluff   9 x 9 pastel $675

 Lucky Break18 x 36 pastel   $4400

 Lucky Break18 x 36 pastel   $4400

Power Surge 14 x 22   Pastel $2000

Power Surge 14 x 22   Pastel $2000

Fresh Greens and Blues  12 x 16  $1600

Fresh Greens and Blues  12 x 16  $1600


Sweet Summer Morning  24 x 36 pastel   $ 5200

Sweet Summer Morning  24 x 36 pastel   $ 5200

Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith

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 from Michael Giaquinto.

Jeanne is planning to teach again through Gallery 31 Fine Art, scheduled for November 10, 11, and 12 2017.  Visit the WORKSHOPS For ARTISTS gage for registration info.

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.