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Jeanne Rosier Smith PSA, IAPS/MC
Beauty is everywhere if you know where to look for it. Light glorifies the everyday in unexpected ways, and the magic of that captivates me. Painting those surprising, delightful moments is a privilege and an absolute joy. I capture my inspiration quickly with pastel's luxurious colors, ready at my fingertips. Gradually building layers, I develop my painting as a whole, creating subtle tonal shifts as I accentuate the light, playing with and pushing color. I work on archival sanded paper and use an underpainting with several subsequent layers of pastel. My aim is rich, powerful color, and a painterly realism, where the artist’s hand and the illusion of reality peacefully coexist.
Sudbury, MA artist Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University and at the New Jersey Center for Visual Art and the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey. After earning her Ph.D. and spending ten years teaching college English, she began painting professionally when her youngest child started school in 2004.
Smith first discovered pastels in 1999, and fell in love at first touch. She is best known for her active, dramatic seascapes, her opulent food still lifes, and her expressive portraits. Her year spent in Nice, France, in a dorm room with a sea view began a lifelong love of the water—one she continues to explore in her popular seascape series. She returns to the cape and islands of the Massachusetts coast 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, an IAPS Master’s Circle Member, and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club and Academic Artists of America. She has exhibited at the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Artists Guild, and nationally at the Pastel Society of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club and American Artist Professional League shows, among others. She has won numerous 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, and has placed in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 for the past four years. Her work has appeared in International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, The Pastel Journal and others. Her paintings are in collections on five continents. She is represented by Gallery 31, Orleans MA, Old Spouter Gallery on Nantucket, Powers Gallery in Acton MA, Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington MA, and Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC.
Smith is a popular demonstrator and teacher: her Sudbury pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. 2016-17 Workshops are scheduled for Cape Cod, New Mexico, Connecticut, New Jersey, Mississippi, Maryland, Florida, California, plus travel tours in Provence and Italy.
Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston SC
Gallery 31, Orleans MA
F/A Fine Art, Lexington MA
Old Spouter Gallery, Nantucket
Powers Gallery, Acton MA
Copley Society, Boston MA
Pastel Journal Pastel 100 Landscape, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Artists’ Magazine Finalist, Landscape, 2014, 2015
Wholesale Frame Award CPS Renaissance in Pastel, 2015
Art Renewal Center Competition Finalist, Landscape, 2014
Curator’s Award, Signature Show, Cape Cod Museum of Art 2014
New Hampshire Pastel Society Award, Painting New England in Pastel 2013
Salmagundi Club Award of Merit, 2013
Prix de Pastel, IAPS Gallery Show, Brea CA, 2012
Grand Prize, International Artist Magazine, Seascapes 2012
Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal, American Artists Prof League, NYC 2011
CPS Members' Award, Renaissance in Pastel National Exhibit, 2012 Judges' Choice Award, Copley Society 2012
Award of Excellence, For Pastels Only, 2010 Cape Cod Nat. Show Award of Excellence, Roddy Open, Concord Art Assn, 2008 and 2010
“Afternoon Snack” postcard image, For Pastels Only Nat'l, 2010
Selected Recent Exhibitions Two-Person Show, Powers Gallery, March 2014
America's Parks National Museum Exhibition Tour 2013 & 2015
Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Pastel Society of America “Enduring Brilliance” Juried, 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015 Guild of Boston Artists Regional Competition, 2011, 2012, 2015
For Pastels Only Cape Cod Nat'l Show, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 International Assoc. of Pastel Societies Web Show, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 Renaissance in Pastel, CPS, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 Boston Symphony Hall, with Copley Society “Pictures at an Exhibition,” 2013
Laumeister Competition, Bennington Museum, Bennington VT, 2012, 2013 International Association of Pastel Societies Gallery Show, Brea CA, 2012 Copley Society Juried Marine Art Show, 2012, & New England Show, 2012 Pastels By Invitation, Chatham MA 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
American Artists Professional League, NYC, 2011, 2012, 2014
Frances N. Roddy Competition, Concord, MA, 2008, 2009, 2010
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Juried Show, NYC 2005, 2010, 2012, 2014
duCret School of Art, Plainfield, NJ, with Rhoda Yanow 2004-2005. New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, 2003-2004.
Workshop Study with: Liz Haywood-Sullivan, Richard McKinley, Claudia Seymour, Kim Lordier, Alain Picard, Susan Ogilvie, Margaret Dyer.
B.A. in English, Georgetown Univ. 1988, Ph.D. in English, Tufts Univ, 1994.
Judge, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) Web Show 2012 International Artist Magazine, p. 4-5 Grand prize winner, Oct/Nov 2012 Pastel Journal Feature article, August 2012, column contributor, 2014-16 American Art Collector Feature article, August 2012
IAPS Master Circle Member
Signature Member: American Society of Marine Artists, Pastel Society of America, Connecticut and Cape Cod Artist Member: Copley Society of Art, Salmagundi Club, Academic Artists Consultant/Developer for Terry Ludwig Portrait II Pastel 60 Pastel Color set Signature Jeanne Rosier Smith Seascape Pastel Set, Terry Ludwig Pastels Owner/operator. Jeanne Rosier Smith Pastel Studio
National/International workshop instructor