F. Scott Fitzgerald said that "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function" -- a first-rate idea he came up with after going completely f'ing crazy. Functioning quite highly with his opposed ideas, Canadian-born Colorado College alum Phil Lewis.
Though infatuated with the purity of nature, Lewis produces incredibly detailed "new-psychedelic-abstract" art through a process that starts natural, then gets very un-, first putting pen to paper, then manipulating the image via obsessive Photoshop sessions sometimes lasting up to 100 hours -- long enough for Kiefer Sutherland to save the world 4x, with time left over to get arrested and make The Sentinel. Landscapes stretch from The Flatirons (done with deep blue and bright orange accents with the wind whipping around them in whites, silvers & blues) to The Sierras, kissed by a sun blasting trippy technicolor rays, and dotted with pine trees whose branches evoke Dali's mustache (as opposed to the mountains, which evoke the persistence of mammary). Animals also get multimedia love, from two majestic foxes in a moonlit turquoise forest, to a pair of tropical frogs in an Escher-esque scene that totally messes with your depth perception, but not your Depp perception, because that guy's awesome no matter how many times he whores himself out as a pirate.
Lately, Lewis has taken to starting out with an acrylic base, most recently producing a closeup of his dog Merlin's blissed out face -- because while Tender is the Night, sleeping all day is completely f'ing crazy...great.