If I had pick out my biggest inspiration at the moment, it would have to be the work of Christian and Rob Clayton. Their paintings contain all of my favorite things: insanely layered picture planes, high voltage color, sickly children, and biological imagery. I love how their paintings buzz with intricate systems of energy and powerful forces, yet the figures are so static and detached. Looking at their work makes me consider limitations - real and imagined, scientific and cultural – of living today.
I recently came across the work of Arizona artist Bryan Crow via the art blog The Lumper. I really dig his layered, expressive mixed media pieces. According to his statement, an important aspect of his process is creating everyday, and it's refreshing to find an artist for whom the process isn't just the means to an end. These are roll-up-your sleeves and take risks paintings, and I can't help wanting to grab a paintbrush and get to work whenever I look them over.