Pastel Painter of Seascapes, Landscapes, and the Still Life

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.

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.
Summer of Love   20 x 60 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $7800

Summer of Love 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.
Rise and Shine  20 x 40 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5400

Rise and Shine 20 x 40 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5400

Snow Day   8 x 8 Pastel by jeanne Rosier Smith / $575

Snow Day 8 x 8 Pastel by jeanne Rosier Smith / $575

Jubilee   12 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Jubilee 12 x 16 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Perfect Balance   16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Perfect Balance 16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Savor   16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Savor 16 x 12 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1600

Autumn Snack   6 x 8 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $425

Autumn Snack 6 x 8 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $425

Far and Away   30 x 40 Pastel $7000

Far and Away 30 x 40 Pastel $7000

Summer Dreaming   20 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $3300

Summer Dreaming 20 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $3300

On the Edge   16 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

On the Edge 16 x 20 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Shimmer   8 x 8 Pastel $600

Shimmer 8 x 8 Pastel $600

Flash   8 x 8 Pastel $600

Flash 8 x 8 Pastel $600

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

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

Refresh I and II  / Diptych Two 18 x 18 pastels by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4400

Refresh I and II / Diptych Two 18 x 18 pastels by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4400

Fast Flip  8 x 12 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $800

Fast Flip 8 x 12 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $800

The Anniversary   24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5200

The Anniversary 24 x 36 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5200

Roar of the Sea 24 x 36 Pastel $5200

Roar of the Sea 24 x 36 Pastel $5200

Salt Air   27 x 40 Pastel $6800

Salt Air 27 x 40 Pastel $6800

Nauset Sands   20 x 40 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5400

Nauset Sands 20 x 40 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $5400

Late Summer Sky   12 x 24 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2400

Late Summer Sky 12 x 24 Pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2400

Morning Routine   6 x 8 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $425

Morning Routine 6 x 8 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $425

Red Boat   6 x 8 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $425

Red Boat 6 x 8 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $425

A Welcome Sight   8 x 16 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1000

A Welcome Sight 8 x 16 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $1000

Double Play   16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Double Play 16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Brisk   16 x 36 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4000

Brisk 16 x 36 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4000

Early Morning Light   24 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4500

Early Morning Light 24 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4500

Lucky Break   18 x 36 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4400

Lucky Break 18 x 36 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $4400

Wild Wandering   6 x 12 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $575

Wild Wandering 6 x 12 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $575

Stone Tide   20 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $3000

Stone Tide 20 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $3000

Beach Access   15 x 30 Pastel / $3200

Beach Access 15 x 30 Pastel / $3200

Fresh Take   12 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

Fresh Take 12 x 24 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2200

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


Beyond the Bluff   9 x 9 pastel / $675

Beyond the Bluff 9 x 9 pastel / $675

Road to Chapin's Beach   16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2000

Road to Chapin's Beach 16 x 20 pastel by Jeanne Rosier Smith / $2000

Fresh Greens and Blues   11 x 14 / $1100

Fresh Greens and Blues 11 x 14 / $1100

Speed   12 x 16 Pastel / $1600

Speed 12 x 16 Pastel / $1600