Sandra Smith-Dugan was born, raised and educated in California's San Francisco Bay Area. Her earliest exposure to art came from her mother, a University of California at Berkeley fine arts graduate and painter. Growing up in an artistic and creative family, Sandra went on to obtain her Bachelors of Fine Art in painting and drawing from San Jose State University. She continued her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, University of California at Santa Cruz, and professional workshops.
Sandra Smith-Dugan paints in oil on canvas and board with an emphasis on the landscape, animals. urban landscapes and the figure. Painting en plein air or in the studio, her work is open and expressive and showcases her innate sense of color and composition. Smith-Dugan's style, which clearly has its own unique and evolutionary character, shows the influences of Bay Area Figurative painter Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Brown and Wayne Thiebaud, as well as that of American realist Edward Hopper.
To view more of her work, visit her website at http://www.smith-dugan.com