Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith

Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up painting and discovered pastels at a young age. In 2005, she left her career as a college English professor and switched to professional art full time. She teaches around the country, and is represented by several East Coast galleries. Smith is best known for her seascapes and produced a 3-DVD series of instructional videos on painting seascapes. She is the 2019 recipient of the Cape Ann Museum Residency Fellowship, and spent a month painting on Cape Ann.

Last year, Jeanne served as education consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston for their popular 19th Century French Pastels exhibit, where she also presented gallery talks and painting demonstrations. Her work is currently touring with the 18th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists, showing in six museums through February of 2022. She has also shown her work at the National Arts Club and museums around the country. 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. Her wave painting “Sunday Best” took third place in Landscape, from over 2,000 entries and will be published in the April 2021 issue of The Pastel Journal, as a winner in their annual Top 100 competition. 

She's also celebrated for her New England landscapes painted 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 pastel paintings.

"My new work explores 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. Pastel fits my personality. It’s a vibrant and flexible medium, allowing both a simple, direct approach and the buildup of complex, rich layers and textures. While I appreciate a good plan, I love that with pastel there’s always room for a change in direction."

"I start with tiny thumbnail sketches on toned paper, and each painting germinates not just from an image but from an idea and a feeling that I want to convey. I usually jot down a word or two next to the sketch to ground and direct my thoughts during the painting process. This keeps me from getting distracted by little details which can distract and detract from a simple and powerful statement. My training as a writer helps here. Ruthless editing is a good thing."

Smith 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 International Association of Pastel Societies Masters Circle member, a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Salmagundi Club, and Academic Artists of America. Her work has appeared in many magazines and she is a regular contributor to the Pastel Journal and The Artist’s Magazine. Her paintings are in collections on six continents.

Selected Awards
Salmagundi Club Award, Pastel Society of America National Show 2020
Dakota Arts Summer Pastel Competition, 3rd Prize Established Artist 2020
Pastel Painters of Cape Cod Award, CMPS National Show 2020
Honorable Mention, Copley Society Summer Show 2020
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
Top 100 Pastel Journal Magazine Honorable Mention, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Bold Brush Finalist July 2018
Bold Brush Fav 15% Nov, Dec 2016, Feb, March, Apr, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov 2017, Jan, Mar, May, June, August, Sept, Nov, Dec 2018
PPSCC Award, Renaissance in Pastel 2018
Membership Award, Purely Pastel Show, Connecticut Pastel Society 2017
Airfloat Award, For Pastels Only, Cape Cod Nat. Show 2018
Connecticut Pastel Society Award, For Pastels Only, Cape Cod Nat. Show 2017
Award of Excellence, IAPS Web Show 2016
First Place, Copley Society Winter Show, 2016
Jerry’s Artarama Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel National Show 2016
Wholesale Framers Award, Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance in Pastel National Show 2015
Artists’ Magazine Finalist, Landscape, 2014, 2015, 2017
Art Renewal Center Competition Finalist, Landscape, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Best in Show, Signature Show at Cape Cod Museum of Art 2014
New Hampshire Pastel Society Award, Painting New England in Pastel 2013
Salmagundi Club Award of Merit, 2013, 2016
Best in Show Prix de Pastel, IAPS Gallery Show, Brea CA, 2012        
Grand Prize, International Artist Magazine, Seascapes 2012
Gold Medal, Art Spirit Foundation, 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                                                

Selected Recent Exhibitions
American Impressionist Society 21st National, 2020
American Society of Marine Artists, Principle Gallery Charleston, 2018
Master Circle Exhibition, IAPS 2017, 2019
Butler Institute of American Art “Enduring Brilliance” PSA Select Show 2017
Pastel Society of America “Enduring Brilliance” National Show, 2005, 2013-2020
American Society of Marine Art Six-Museum Tour, 2016-2018, 2019-2021
Guild of Boston Artists Regional Competition, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2020
For Pastels Only Cape Cod Nat'l Show, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
International Assoc. of Pastel Societies Web Show, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Renaissance in Pastel, CPS, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
America's Parks National Museum Exhibition Tour 2013 & 2016
Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
Two-Person Show, Powers Gallery, March 2014
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
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

Professional Honors
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

Publications
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

Teaching Experience
Self-published 3-DVD instructional video series on seascapes, picked up for electronic distribution by F+W Media/Artists Network TV.
National and International teaching workshops
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.

Education
DuCret School of Art, and New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, 2003-2005
Workshop Study: 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

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