JEANNE ROSIER SMITH Pastel Landscape, Seascape, 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.

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.
 Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith

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. 

Nature’s beauty and our connection to it inspire my painting, and the sea most of all continues to draw me to its edge, again and again.

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 Fresh 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.

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

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

  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