One of our favorite things to do is to ask the folks we are inspired by what they are inspired by. We’ve shared some of their responses below.

Niagara Moon | Baroque Pop Musician

Many things… The work of other artists. Solitude. Nature. Humor. Any example of someone developing the skills and knowledge of a particular craft to the fullest, only to then turn around, break all the rules, and forge their own new path. Also, any creative person who can think in terms of marketability / commercial-driven decisions, while still retaining a strong, personal artistic integrity. Read more>>

Kaylan Greiman | Pharmacy Technician & Photographer

First and foremost, horses. Horses have always been my first love, and they never cease to amaze me. They are such powerful and majestic creatures, and I can’t help but want to show everyone how amazing they are. They go hand and hand with my deep appreciation for the cowboy way of life, and it makes me strive to capture the essence of western culture with my lens. I don’t want any of it to be forgotten! Secondly, nature. I have always been an outdoorsy gal, and I am always in awe of the detail in the world around me. It’s challenging to capture what the naked eye sees, and I love being able to show people how awesome nature is if they just slow down and look! I am a huge fan of National Geographic, and I’m always inspired by the photographers’ ability to take a photograph that can tell a story. Read more>>

Calee Wilkinson | Model & Certified Laser Specialist

Marilyn Monroe has become a huge inspiration to me as well as a role model. She had a rather rough childhood and struggled with mental illness; yet was still able to make a very successful career for herself. She was a very ambitious woman, and even ran her own production company. People assumed she was materialistic because of the roles she played, when in reality she only owned costume jewelry. She was able to change the world and has never been forgotten to this day for a reason. Marilyn also was an advocate for equal rights when racism was a lot more common. She even helped one of her best friends of color to get a job singing in a night club in LA. She was into women’s rights, and standing up for what you believe in. Marilyn would also make anonymous donations to varies charities in her short lifetime. Marilyn was so much more than just a beautiful face. She could be considered one of the first feminists. She was truly a beautiful women inside and out. I do strive to be like her and beyond. Read more>>

Caitlin Zeller | Metalsmith & Fiber Artist

My art is inspired by the intricate details and diversity found in the natural world. I have had the opportunity to both live and travel around the world and I am continuously in awe of the often overlooked and fragile beauty which I have encountered. Whether seeking to capture the texture in a clump of alpine moss, or the colors in a small patch of reef, I want to draw attention to these elements which are so often taken for granted. Standing on a mountain, caught up in the view, it is easy to forget about the wonders right at your feet. What we fail to notice we undervalue. And we run the risk of loosing them forever if protective measures are not taken. In my work, I aim to draw viewers in so they stop and linger, searching for these hidden details. I hope to inspire awe and respect for these splendid ecosystems that are rapidly disappearing. Read more>>