Mina dela Cruz is a painter specializing in still life and portraiture. Originally from the Philippines, she now lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Her website has galleries of still life, portrait painting and portrait drawings. In her still life, in particular, I find that sense of quiet contemplation that still life painters can sometimes evoke through careful observation and sensitive rendering.
She often employs a muted palette and carefully controlled value ranges, combined with carefully arranged lighting, to give her commpositions an understated visual drama.