A big part of making decisions is determining what our actions and choices have been inspired by. So we asked decision makers from the community to tell us about what they are inspired by.

Adam Adolfo | Stage Director & Producer

Great artists exist all around us and as a director, my inspiration usually comes from the brilliance of artists and their work. Everything from photography to contemporary dance, symphonic music and modern art – I never know where my next project will find its inspiration but when it does hit, the only thing I can do is hold on tight and enjoy the ride. Read more>>

Israel Marquez | Film Maker & Musician

I am inspired by the world. The sunrise, the rain hitting a tin roof.. A smiling baby and a tear in someone’s eye. Just everything. Inspiration is everywhere and I am always listening and feeling. Read more>>

Brantly Sheffield | Artist

What am I inspired by, right now I have been looking at and learning about Japanese woodblock prints, specifically the concept of Ukiyo or the “floating world”, that was originally a buddhist term that referred to the transient nature of the human experience, but the urban cultures of early modern Japan and appropriated its meaning to if life is so transient, then enjoy the momentary pleasures as much as possible. I’ve been thinking about my paintings in this way. They are about those moments, the “good times”. The “good times” with family and friends, events and places. Artists that I look to pretty regularly are Per Adolfsen, Kuniyoshi and Toyokuni prints, Jonas Wood, Jordan Casteel, Henri Matisse, Wayne Thiebaud, I could go on and on. Read more>>

Adrian Neely | Creative

I’m inspired by people who do a lot with very little. I’ve seen people do that a lot in creative spaces. Read more>>

Silky Hart | Contemporary Artist

Colors arranged in surprising combinations, excursions to new places, experiencing the sights and sounds of different cultures, solitude wanderings into nature, the way the light causes an ever-changing landscape and the comfort of my own backyard. Read more>>