I happened to stumble upon the work of animator and painter Lisa Crafts today, and I think she's great.
I don't really know anything about her, but I like her work a lot. The paintings have a rich, bright, warm quality that's really a cool juxtaposition with the fantastic, sometimes kind of eerie content
Also love this frame from her her animated short The Flooded Playground:
Anyways, check her out at http://www.lisacrafts.com.