Influenced by Van Gogh (and Abstract Expressionism), Rauschenberg, Klee, Dubuffet, children's art, surrealism, dada, pop art, jimi hendrix and high-energy jazz (e.g., Coltrane), etc.
I was awed and knocked to the ground by Van Gogh's art (especially when I saw it in person). It walks a thin line between markings on some surface that depict something, and tracing the flow of energy through that being. Later expressionist movements helped expand the vocabulary that can be used.
Surrealism also had an impact – its super-focus and startling sharpness helped provide a basis for the glistening effects I like to add to some works. Its rearrangement of shape and form helped me to melt normal shapes into new forms, which could better be used to express their energy. The collage work of Rauschenberg and others further contributed to the breaking down of the normal arrangement of form