On my way to becoming an artist there were several influences/inspirations/'moments of clarity' which were clues to steer me in the right direction.
An important one was the art my daughter was producing when she was about 3 years old. With only colouring pencils she would produce the most wonderful compositions, with great space and light.
These made a big impression on me and simply made me want to paint.
A lot of my earlier paintings were a little like this, having a very singular and direct quality.