After retiring from her 35 year career as a designer and illustrator, Michigan based artist Susan Murtaugh took up digital art, creating digital paintings in applications like Sketchbook Pro and Brushes on the iPod and Modbook (a third party Apple tablet computer) and now the iPad.
Murtaugh doesn’t appear to have a website or blog, but displays her work in her Flickr galleries and is a regular contributor to fingerpainted.it, a blog devoted to digital painting on touchscreen devices.
Her topics range from portraits and still life to classic cars, matchbooks to florals. You can see her design background in the playful patterns with which she occasionally fills her backgrounds, as well as her design-oriented layouts.
What I find particularly appealing about her digital painting technique is her use of stylized texture, particularly when she uses textural elements in the role of brush strokes in defining forms.
There is an interview with Murtaugh on Photoshop Cafe that includes a step through demo. She also has a portrait tutorial using Sketchbook Pro on the AliasDesign site. She is a participant in thefingerpainters live digital painting demos.