What Is Your Inspiration? Artistic Influences?

My biggest inspiration growing up was my father. He was always such an amazing artist and I wanted to be just like him. These days I draw a lot of my artistic influence from small, independent and local artists who are still experimenting with style and subjects. I much prefer walking into a tiny downtown art gallery than a huge art museum. That being said, I absolutely LOVE Baroque art and anything with a dramatic use of chiaroscuro!