While in NYC this weekend I went into a gallery in SOHO and discovered the work of Simon Birch (first 3 images) and fell in LOVE. Then a day later I was poking around the Internet and found Francoise Nielly (last 2 images) and felt like I was cheating on Simon. These amazing artists seem to have a similar styles due to their brush strokes/blocky technique and the portrait aspect but evoke such different emotions from me. Simon's paintings are mostly of women that seem to be in motion, frustrated, hiding and baring all. While Francoise's paintings focus directly on the facial expressions of both male and female and have such a bold, overwhelming presences....Damn I think I'm dating art.