Alyssa Monks is one of my favorite painters. She is a figurative painter who does incredibly realistic paintings. I love how these paintings, from far away, or when they are shrunken to fit my computer screen, seem so real, but on looking at close-up images of the details, the thickness of the oil paint is apparent.
I also love her choice of subject matter. The distortion of the bodies and faces through smoke, water, and glass are lovely and surprising.