JEANNE ROSIER SMITH

 Pastel       I      Landscape, Seascape, 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 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.

Exhale!  18 x 24  /   $2900

Exhale!  18 x 24  /   $2900

Fresh Figs and Blue Cheese   6 x 8Pastel   /   $425

Fresh Figs and Blue Cheese   6 x 8Pastel   /   $425

Morning Routine   6 x 8 Pastel    /   $425

Morning Routine   6 x 8 Pastel    /   $425

Red Boat   6 x 8   Pastel   /  $425

Red Boat   6 x 8   Pastel   /  $425

Turning Tides  22 x 39   /   $5200

Turning Tides  22 x 39   /   $5200

Light Show  (diptych)  16 x 32   /   $3400

Light Show  (diptych)  16 x 32   /   $3400

A Welcome Sight  8 x 16    /   $1000

A Welcome Sight  8 x 16    /   $1000

Winter Glow   9x 12   /   $750

Winter Glow   9x 12   /   $750

Double Play   16 x 20Pastel   /   $2200

Double Play   16 x 20Pastel   /   $2200

Brisk 16 x 36   /   $4000

Brisk 16 x 36   /   $4000

Beyond Blue 18 x 24   /   $2900

Beyond Blue 18 x 24   /   $2900

Salt Air    27 x 40   /   $6800

Salt Air    27 x 40   /   $6800

Flash Dance  7 x 11   /   $600

Flash Dance  7 x 11   /   $600

Early Morning Light  24 x 24   /   $4500

Early Morning Light  24 x 24   /   $4500

Lucky Break  18 x 36    /  $4400

Lucky Break  18 x 36    /  $4400

Spin Cycle  10 x 20    /  $1400

Spin Cycle  10 x 20    /  $1400

Glorious  15 x 30    /   $3000

Glorious  15 x 30    /   $3000

September Splash   16 x 8   Pastel   /   $1200

September Splash   16 x 8   Pastel   /   $1200

Earlybirds   8 x 16    /  $900

Earlybirds   8 x 16    /  $900

Wild Wandering     6 x 12    /  $575

Wild Wandering     6 x 12    /  $575

Stone Tide  20 x 24   /   $3000

Stone Tide  20 x 24   /   $3000

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

Fresh Take   12 x 24   /   $2200

Fresh Take   12 x 24   /   $2200

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


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

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Jeanne painting a demo at Gallery 31 Fine Art.

Jeanne painting a demo at Gallery 31 Fine Art.

Three Fresh Figs   6 x 8Pastel   /   $425

Three Fresh Figs   6 x 8Pastel   /   $425

Fresh Greens and Blues  11 x 14   /   $1100

Fresh Greens and Blues  11 x 14   /   $1100

Break of Day   16 x 20Pastel   /   $2200

Break of Day   16 x 20Pastel   /   $2200


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.