One of the best parts about being an artist is having the ability to transform raw materials with my creativity and bend the imagery to my vision. Sometimes the resultant artwork is received well and sometimes it's not but at the core of the creative process is the development of the confidence and reliance in my intuition that is necessary to create a work of art.
Growing up I was heavily influenced by alternative music including Depeche Mode and Missing Persons. I enjoyed and respected the artists in not only crafting their own art but also in having the courage and confidence to bring it forward into the public. In fact the song "Destination Unknown" personifies what I believe is the best part of being creative and diving head-first into the unknown with reckless abandon and blind faith.
Another early influence, being that my parents owned a music store in New Jersey, was what is now considered classic rock. It included Led Zeppelin, Van Halen as well as a variety of other bands including Blind Faith which included Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton. One of the big hits from the latter was "Cant Find My Way Home" which includes a guitar intro that musically personifies what I have been trying to do visually which is interweave a variety of colors, textures, elements, etc. to create my own visual language.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." - Steve Jobs