Pastel Workshop Date: September 13-22, 2015
Award-winning Sudbury, MA 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 feels pastels are especially suited to outdoor plein air work, because of the quick access and direct application of color. She is known for her active, dramatic wave paintings, her rich use of color and light, 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 the cape and islands 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 of Boston, the Salmagundi Club of New York and Academic Artists of America. 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 top awards at national and international competitions, including the International Association of Pastel Societies’ 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 at the 2011 American Artists’ Professional League Show. One of her wave paintings was a winner in the landscape category for the Pastel Journal”s 2013 Pastel 100 competition. 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.
Smith’s Sudbury, Massachusetts pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops. She loves sharing her enthusiasm for pastel with others, and her content-rich, highly personalized instruction has made her a popular demonstrator and teacher. 2014-15 Workshops are scheduled for Naples, FL, Denver, CO, Sunapee, NH, Nantucket, MA, Orleans, MA, Provence, France, and Croatia.
See more of Jeanne’s work here
*Painters have priority, but non-artist partners (shared accommodations only)
are welcome to come and enjoy the island a their own pace.