“Daybreak” by Cecil Byrne


pastel on paper

40 x 20 in. (framed dimensions)


About the artist:

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 First Place in the 2017 Pastel Journal 100, 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 American Artists Professional League. 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.

Jeanne Rosier Smith is represented by Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina.

View more of Jeanne’s work at http://cecilbyrnegallery.com/collections/paintings-by-jeanne-rosier-smith.

View more from Cecil Byrne Gallery at http://cecilbyrnegallery.com.


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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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