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What Inspires You?

Inspiration is everywhere; you just have to find it from the words of your favorite poet to the leaves of a beautiful fall day that might drive your imagination to another world. As a designer, I translate my inspirations to concepts that lead a design of a space. What inspires me you might ask? Nature plays a huge role in my inspiration. A hike to the mountains opens my imagination to a whole new level. The beauty of how each rock is formed and the breeze that comes through any lookout just instantly creates an idea in my head for what might become a ceiling design, a floor pattern, or even a feature wall design.


Rim Rock-Shawnee National Forest

You can find inspiration from anything around you — it’s the perspective your eyes form to build a concept or an idea. I use photography to capture these perspectives, and I build up my style of inspiration with each photograph I capture. Yes, believe it or not each one of us has a style of inspiration. Some might find it in music; others might find it in a book they have read. In the end, they are all forms of inspiration in one way or another.


Garden of the Gods- Colorado


Pikes Peak- Colorado


Boulder- Colorado


Chicago Expo 2016

You can also find inspiration from the shapes and colors of an existing piece of art. It is amazing the amount of creative inspiration you can gain from imagining how someone else was inspired. Architecture is another source of inspiration for many people. You can look at a building and be amazed of its form, and your brain then starts to wonder how it was constructed.




Jewel Box (Forest Park) – St. Louis

That flash of inspiration you get from any of these sources whether it is music, a beautiful building, a poem or a scenic outlook then turns into your own unique perspective which has the power to be your creative fuel for a day, a week or the course of your next project. One of my favorite sayings is “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It cannot be any truer. I use photographs to express how I feel about something because words cannot always justify the beauty of what I see. Some of my words to live by? Beautify what you see in your own way because no one else can do it better than you.


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