I guess that when I was a child I enjoyed watching the water colors do what I asked of them. I liked landscapes of the English countryside and attempted to paint them with my somewhat inadequate colors, poor quality brushes and entirely the wrong sort of paper. However I wanted to put down on paper in color what I saw.
I have recently taken up the brush again and discovered the usefulness of good quality brushes, good paints and acid free, rough paper. The countryside is still there waiting for me to interpret what I see of it and now I can also add the experience of living in New Zealand and Australia to my paintings. I would say that now I have gone full circle.
As for what inspires me to paint is the desire to sit and watch and put down on paper what I see. But it is more than that because now I have the medium of the digital camera to help capture the images and using those I can create a painting that will express the way I see things.
The bonus is that I can use color to show how I feel and help bring a whole new dimension to my life. Inspiration comes from within me in a desire to enjoy painting and from without as the world and all that is in it cry out to be recognised.