JEANNE ROSIER SMITH, PASTEL CECIL BYRNE GALLERY, CHARLESTON, SC
Award-winning 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 fell in love with pastels fifteen years ago, at first touch. Their velvety richness and direct touch makes them her medium of choice. She is known for her active, dramatic wave paintings, her opulent 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 is currently exploring in her wave series. She returns to coastal South Carolina, as well as 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, and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club and Academic Artists. 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 in 2012, the Grand Prize in International Artist Magazine's 2012 Seascapes Competition, and the Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel from AAPL, and has placed in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 in 2013 and 2014. Her work has been featured in International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, and The Pastel Journal. Her paintings are in collections across the US, to Monte Carlo, to New Zealand. She is represented by Gallery 31 in Orleans MA, and Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC.