I have been following Clare Elsaesser's work for a few years now on her more than successful Etsy page. Her paintings are incredibly emotive and the strokes are strong and moving. I love her use of soft color and lighting and continue to be amazed at each painting she produces. She was also shown on Etsy's blog as a featured seller: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2010/featured-seller-tastesorangey/
Simply gorgeous work.....
You can follow Clare on her blog: http://tastesorangey.blogspot.com/
Or check out more of her work on her etsy page: http://www.etsy.com/people/tastesorangey?ref=ls_profile