Red flower by Heather Wilcoxon
I discovered the work of Heather Wilcoxon on flickr - her paintings are beautiful, powerful, funny and political - she is based in the US and I really recommend that you look at more of her work. Her flickr page is here or you can see more of her work on her website.
One of the great things about being creative is finding inspiration in others around you and I like to let people know about other art that I have discovered. This has inspired me to set up a group on flickr called 'Artists You Should Know About'