Jeanne Rosier Smith
Jeanne grew up in Maryland, studied English at Georgetown University and spent a year abroad in Nice, France, a trip that was to have an enormous impact on her personal life and artistic sensibility. Jeanne went on to earn a Ph.D. in English at Tufts University. During her years of teaching college English and raising very young children, Jeanne also continued to paint, and discovered a love of portraiture as she began to paint her children. Once Jeanne discovered pastels 15 years ago, she fell in love with its immediacy, rich pigments and velvety texture. She made the switch to become a full time artist in 2004, when her youngest child began first grade.
Since beginning her professional career Jeanne has achieved signature membership with the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Connecticut Pastel Society. She is an artist member of the Copley Society of Boston and the Salmagundi Club of New York. She teaches workshops around the country, and her work has appeared in the Pastel Journal and International Artist magazines, and garnered major awards at national exhibitions.