I recently discovered Sarah Stokes' work and then did a little digging to learn more about her. Turns out she was born in Cincinnati (like myself) and studied in Florida (unlike myself) and now lives outside of Charlotte, NC (where I grew up). No wonder I love her work.
In all seriousness, I loved seeing her abstract pieces because they are bright without being trendy. Soothing while remaining fresh, and above all else, really interesting. To see more of her work visit her site here.