Here are a few people who inspire me:

My ancestor Susan Lovewing, whose name I share, and Hafiz (translated by Daniel Ladinsky):

Where we live
Is no place to lose your wings
So love, love,

Georgia O’Keeffe:
in a way — nobody sees a flower — really — it is so small — we haven’t time — and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time. If I could paint the flower exactly as I see it no one would see what I see because I would paint it small like the flower is small. So I said to myself — I’ll paint what I see — what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking time to look at it —
(from the exhibition catalog Georgia O’Keeffe: Exhibition of Oils and Pastels, January 22–March 17, 1939, An American Place, New York)

Robert Rauschenberg:

My art is about paying attention.