I think it was my first week in painting class at Red Deer College that we were asked to paint an animal skull...it was also my first introduction to the work of Georgia O'Keeffe and I fell madly in love with her style. How she painted those soft folds of fabric and such interesting subject matter, and of course, her no nonsense personality. I was smitten.
One of the greatest lessons I learned in art school was to be inspired by others but to relay that image or message in your own voice. Take what you learn and don't try to replicate what someone else is doing but rather create something new, which really isn't difficult as we all have our own way of working. Thank goodness. It's much easier than trying to replicate something else, much more soul-filling, and you just never know what will come of the experience. The beauty of practicing art.