Here's another artist who's work I really like. Her name is amy mayfield and I just discovered her while wandering on the web. I like her use of color as well as the focused and fantastic illustrations she's integrated into the free form drops of paint. Her work has an interesting tension between the random and controlled.
There is a biological, scientific character to her paintings, as well as an illustrative, playful one. They feel serious and fun all at the same time. For me, her work touches on a number of key currents happening in the world today: animation meets obvious material expression meets illustration meets biology meets craft meets innocence meets sci-fi. Whatever the reason, they feel very cool to me.