Jeanne Rosier Smith
Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up in Maryland, and has been a painter since she can remember. After earning a Ph.D. in English and teaching college English for ten years, Jeanne began painting and teaching pastels fulltime in 2003. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society, and she's also an artist member of the Copley Society of Boston, Academic Artists, and the Salmagundi Club of New York. Her work has appeared International Artist Magazine (Oct 2012).
She has exhibited nationally at the Pastel Society of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club and American Artist Professional League shows, among others, and has won numerous awards, including the 2012 IAPS Prix de Pastel, and a 2011 Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel. Her paintings are in collections from Seattle, Washington to Monte Carlo to New Zealand. She is represented by the Sosebee Gallery on Nantucket, Powers Gallery of Acton MA , Eventide Gallery of Essex, MA and by Francesca Anderson Fine Art/Portraits North of Lexington, MA.
Jeanne is a popular demonstrator and teacher as well: her Sudbury MA pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. In 2012 she is teaching workshops on Cape Cod, Nantucket, Concord, and Essex, MA, and for Terry Ludwig Studios in Colorado. 2013 Workshops are planned for Naples, FL, Denver, CO, Oceania Cruise lines, and Provence, France.
Jeanne has painted in all mediums, but since trying pastel fifteen years ago, she hasn't looked back. She loves the immediacy of color at her fingertips, and the layering and textured effects possible with its beautiful, rich pigments. She enjoys portraits, landscape and still life--and while her range is diverse, she finds working in a series, like her current enthusiasm for waves, and her "food portraits," to be a great way to focus her creative energies.