"It’s a beautiful world out there. It’s a lucky thing to be able to spend my time noticing and expressing the beauty in the world. It is demanding, rigorous, joyous work. Right now I’m most interested in working with the abstract underlying designs beneath the realistic images I paint, and seeing just how far I need to go in order to maintain realism while still leaving something to the imagination. I love pastel because the rich, pure pigments allow vibrations of color and visual mixing impossible to capture in any other medium."
Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University and at the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey. After earning her Ph.D. in English and teaching for ten years, she discovered her love for pastels when an uncle sent her a set in the mail. “You might enjoy these,” he wrote; he had no idea. She switched to art fulltime in 2005. Smith is best known for her seascapes, and also works in landscape, still life and portrait.
Jeanne recently won first place in Pastel Journal magazine’s 2017 Top 100 landscape competition, and has won numerous top awards including the IAPS Prix de Pastel, the Grand Prize in International Artist Magazine’s Seascapes Competition, and the Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, an IAPS Master’s Circle Member, a member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club, and Academic Artists of America. She has demonstrated at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work is in collections on five continents, and currently being shown in the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown Ohio.
Jeanne is a popular demonstrator and teacher. Her Sudbury MA pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops, which currently maintain waitlists. Upcoming 2017-18 Workshops are scheduled for New Hampshire, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, California, plus travel tours in September 2017 to the Amalfi Coast, and June 2018 to Provence.