My art hero of today is Roy Andersen.
I've just been going over the pages of his book "Dream Spinner, The Art of Roy Andersen" by Jan Adkins, and WOW. I've always been blown away by Andersen's use of color. But going back and looking at each painting again, his compositions are amazing, each image is like walking into the final take of a one hundred piece orchestra doing a movie score. Each work has a story, a mood, and amazing movement (even when the characters are still). Each animal and person has a personality that contributes to the overall mood and story. Even if you are not a fan of Western art I'm sure you will enjoy this book, just based on the extremely high quality of the art work.
A year ago I was in the Legacy Gallery and saw an original of Roy Andersen's, what a wonderful experience.
Speaking of the Legacy Gallery, if you are an artist I'm sure you'll be interested in reading Scott Jones blog post "Advice from a Gallery Manager" http://clintwatson.net/blog/15829/Advice-From-a-Gallery-Manager