California artist 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 accomplished painter. Having grown up with the support of an artistic and creative family, it is no surprise that Sandra has been painting and drawing as far back as she can remember. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing from San Jose State University, and then continued her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and at various professional workshops.
Her site has links to an interview
as well as her blog
and her various categories of subject matter, such as animals, landscapes, still lifes, seascapes, figures & portraits, drawings and prints.
"Art helps people settle down and introspect, a quality that seems to be harder and harder to come by as our society becomes more and more bombarded by electronic stimuli. We are aesthetic beings by nature and are profoundly influenced by our visual surroundings. Our culture at large must remain conscious of how our surroundings impact our psyche and how art plays an integral role in the health of our culture."
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