Jeanne Rosier Smith, ASMA
"Before the Fall"
15" x 30" - Pastel sanded paper mounted on Board
A seascape in pastel depends upon paradox: motion in stillness, power and delicacy, splash and spray in a dry medium. “Before the Fall” captures my favorite moment, when a wave crests, light passing through illuminating water and spray. The contrast in darks and lights conveys the weight, force and power of the water about to sweep up the delicate foam and rush forward, flattened and frothy, for the next onslaught.