Alyssa Monks is an American painter situated in New Jersey. Through studying painting at Lorenzo de-Medici in Florence, the New York Academy of Art and Fullerton College she finds herself at the present day with 3 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Painting and an incredible portfolio of paintings. Monks’ work looks at the tension and separation of abstraction and realism. Her paintings show distortion and conflict, negative space and the beauty of the human body all in one piece of work. What i really love about Monks’ work is the use of water in the paintings. Through doing this she creates two perspectives and increases the depth in the paintings so they appear more photorealistic and human.