JEANNE ROSIER SMITH grew up in Maryland, studied English and French at Georgetown University, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in English at Tufts. From the age of fourteen, she’s also been an artist, taking painting classes in college and painting whenever she could. After teaching college English for ten years, Jeanne decided to switch to a full-time career in art in 2005. She teaches workshops around the country and internationally and devotes most of her time to painting in pastel. She is best known for her seascapes and coastal landscapes.
She says her most recent work is “a culmination of my decade-long obsession with water. Like swimming, painting is a full-immersion experience. With this new series, I’m diving deeper, bringing the ocean closer. I want to taste the salt in the air, hear the waves, feel the wind and dive right in. My process begins by closed-cropping my reference images until they’re blurry. I rely on memory and knowledge of body surfing as much as on my photos. My painting process begins with wet alcohol washes of dry pastels, then a gradual building of layers of dry pastel on top, some thick juicy swipes, some light, airy glazes, and some liquid splatters of dissolved pastel.”
Jeanne’s work is currently part of a six-museum National Exhibition Tour with the American Society of Marine Artists, through October 2021. In Sept 2019 Jeanne was Cape Ann Museum Fellow and Resident Artist, living and painting on the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, an experience that had a profound impact on her recent work. She has worked closely with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for two recent pastel exhibitions, serving as educational consultant for their popular 19th Century French Pastels exhibit, and presenting gallery talks and painting demonstrations. Jeanne has won numerous top awards, including first place in Pastel Journal magazine’s 2019 Top 100 landscape competition, an honor she also took in 2017. She is a Master Artist with the Copley Society, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the American Society of Marine Artists, an IAPS Master’s Circle Member, and a member of New York’s Salmagundi Club. Jeanne has exhibited work in museums nationwide and her work is in collections on six continents.
Jeanne was featured in the August 2018 Pastel Journal, for which she has also been a regular contributor. Jeanne offers workshops in her Sudbury MA pastel studio, across the US and in Europe. Upcoming 2020-2021 Workshops are scheduled for Texas, NYC, Massachusetts, Ontario CA, New Jersey, Southern California, and Portugal.
Jeanne Rosier Smith PSA, IAPS-MC, CM, ASMA
Bold Brush Outstanding Pastel, February 2020
Sylvia Maria Glesmann Award for Seascape, Salmagundi Club 2020
First Place, Pastel Journal Magazine Top 100 Landscape (with seascape paintings), 2017 and 2019
Salmagundi Club Purchase Award, Thumbbox Show 2018
International Association of Pastel Societies Gallery Show, Brea CA, 2012
Pastels By Invitation, Chatham MA 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
American Artists Professional League, NYC, 2011, 2012, 2014
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Juried Show, NYC 2005, 2010, 2012, 2014
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Consultant to Pastel Exhibition & Gallery Presentation, Spring & Summer 2018
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Pastel Demonstration October 2018, November 2016
Copley Society/Cape Ann Museum Resident, 2019
Designated Copley Master, Copley Society of Art, 2018
Designated American Society of Marine Artists Signature Status 2017
Designated International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle 2014
Designated Pastel Society of American Signature Status, 2012
Salmagundi Club private collection purchase, 2018
Developed Signature Set of 30 Seascape Terry Ludwig Soft Pastels
Developed Signature Set of 80 Land & Sea Richeson Soft Pastels
Color Consultant, Portrait 60 collection, Terry Ludwig Pastels
Artists Magazine 5 page article October 2020
Pastel Journal 10-page feature article, June 2018
Pratique des Arts Cover artist and feature article, French art magazine, Oct 2018.
Judge, three national pastel society shows 2017-2018
International Artist Magazine, December 2017 Seascape Demonstration feature article
Pratique des Arts, August 2017 feature article/interview
International Artist Magazine, Grand prize winner, Oct/Nov 2012
Pastel Journal Feature article, August 2012
American Art Collector Feature article, August 2012 and August 2017
Judge, International Association of Pastel Societies Web Show 2012
Memberships: IAPS Master Circle, Signature Member of Pastel Society of America, American Society of Marine Artists, Connecticut and Cape Cod Pastel Societies; Copley Master, Salmagundi Club Artist Member
Anderson Fine Art Gallery, St. Simons Island, GA
Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston SC
Gallery 31 Fine Art, Orleans MA
Powers Gallery, Acton MA
Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison CT
Copley Society of Art, Boston MA
Self-published 3-DVD instructional video series on seascapes, picked up for electronic distribution by F+W Media/Artists Network TV.
2018 Workshops: Massachusetts, Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Texas, New Hampshire, California, France
2019 Workshops: New Mexico, Virginia Beach, Massachusetts, Italy
2007-2017: Owner/operator Jeanne Rosier Smith Pastel Studio, Taught ongoing weekly classes to up to 36 students in three classes for over ten years in my home studio.
duCret School of Art, and New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, 2003-2005
Workshop Study with: Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Richard McKinley, Claudia Seymour, Kim Lordier, Susan Ogilvie
B.A. in English, Georgetown Univ. 1988, Ph.D. in English, Tufts Univ, 1994