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. Jeanne has painted her whole life, but she earned a Ph.D. in English and spent ten years teaching college English before turning to professional painting fulltime in 2005.
Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the American Society of Marine Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, an IAPS Masters Circle member and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club and Academic Artists of America. She has exhibited in many national shows, as well as at the Massachusetts State House and the Guild of Boston Artists. She will demonstrate pastel techniques at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in November 2016. Her work has garnered top awards, including the Prix de Pastel, Best in Show, from The International Association of Pastel Societies, a Grand Prize in International Artist Magazine Seascape Competition, and an Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel at the American Artists Professional League. She 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, and The Pastel Journal. Her work will appear in Best of Pastel 2, and she is a regular contributor to the Pastel Journal. Her paintings are in collections on five continents. She is represented by Cecil Byrne Gallery of Charleston SC, Gallery 31 of Orleans MA, Powers Gallery of Acton MA, and Old Spouter Gallery on Nantucket.