Jeanne Rosier Smith- Ocean Blue, Pastel, 20 x 60 inches

Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up painting, but first discovered pastel when she received a gift box in the mail 20 years ago. Seven years later, she left her career as a college English professor and switched to professional art full time. She now maintains a pastel studio in Sudbury, Massachusetts, teaches around the country, and is represented by several East Coast galleries. She recently produced a 3-DVD series of instructional videos on painting seascapes. Smith is best known for her seascapes, and her most recent paintings are a river series inspired by kayaking this summer on local rivers. She’s also known for her still life paintings of food, and paints the New England landscape in all seasons. It is the light—falling on snow, filtering through trees, or lighting up that crest of a wave that creates the magic in her paintings.

Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the American Society of Marine Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, an International Association of Pastel Societies Masters Circle member, and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club, and Academic Artists of America. She has demonstrated at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and shown work at the National Arts Club and museums around the country. Her work has garnered top awards, and has placed in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 for the past six years, including first place in 2017. Her work has appeared many magazines and she is a regular contributor to the Pastel Journal. Her paintings are in collections on five continents.