Artist Jeanne Rosier Smith

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://JeanneRosierSmith.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • A gift box of pastels made Jeanne change mediums, and change careers, and she's never looked back.

  • Jeanne began a seascape series ten years ago and sees no end to the inspiration there.

  • When working as a consultant to the MFA Boston for a French Pastels exhibit, Jeanne got to visit the museum vaults-what a thrill!

  • Price Range: $425.00 - $8,000.00

  • More info on Jeanne Rosier Smith's FASO Connect profile



Right now I’m most interested in working with 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.
I find the sea to be both a natural expression of human emotions and a source of healing.  Sea meets shore in a clash of opposites--motion and stillness, wet and dry, warm and cool--and also a place of light, life, and turning tides.  Constant change in light, tides, winds, and the rhythm of the seasons also promise the infinite.    Nature’s beauty and our connection to it inspire my painting, and the sea most of all continues to draw me.  Years spent bodysurfing on vacations help inform the motion in my seascapes, and I'm still known to get in and get to know those waves again whenever I can.
Jeanne Rosier Smith grew up painting, but first discovered pastel when a box of Nupastels arrived in the mail from an uncle in Massachusetts, 20 years ago.  "You might enjoy these," he said.  Little by little, that box box changed her life.
She studied art at Georgetown University and later at the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey.  After earning a Ph.D. in English and teaching college English for ten years, she made the switch to full time professional art in 2005.  She now teaches workshops in her home studio, nationwide and internationally, and is represented by several East Coast galleries.  Her subjects are diverse:  landscape, portrait, food, and the sea.  She has produced a 3-DVD series of instructional videos on painting seascapes, available on this website.  She has chosen two signature sets of [...]

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