I first saw the paintings of Elizabeth Peyton a few years ago in an article in the New York Times magazine. I was struck by the energy and bold colors in her work. I recently came across her name on a blog post about Marc Jacob's apartment. I think Ms Peyton takes figurative work to a new, really modern and up to date level. I love the intenisty of her paintings and of her subjects. Many of whom are famous. Her work is so contemporary, and yet has the same power to draw you into the world of the subject. Much in the same way some of my favorite artists from the past did. I see her work as a descendent of Sargent, or Whistler, or Velasquez.