A big part of making decisions is determining what our actions and choices have been inspired by. So we asked decision makers from the community to tell us about what they are inspired by.

Hannah Sulak | Actress. Poet. Ceramicist.

I am inspired by creation itself. This pertains to nature, to humans, to the interaction between both. I found Ceramics through my need to ground and center after hours of delving into the spectrum of humanity emotional narratives – through every day relationships, but also through my profession of acting. It is one of the greatest honors, navigating the inner and outer worlds of another being. Likewise, I am equally infatuated by the malleable nature of working in clay. Forming something from seemingly nothing. Giving it permission to take shape. Going in with given intention and then throwing it away and letting truth come forth. Read more>>

Evelyn Salazar | Business Owner

My customers inspire me everyday with their positivity and creativity. Every customer that I interact with has a story and a dream and that’s what inspires me everyday. Everyday that I hear their stories on either life or the business it inspires me to keep on going for them. They believe in me and that’s what inspires me to keep on doing what I do. Read more>>

Jennifer Schiano | Artist & Clinical Photographer

Mother nature and all her wonderful creatures are truly my biggest inspiration. The light, colors, intricate patterns, and organic forms, all speak to me. My favorite time to spend outside is around golden hour. It’s refreshing and magical to watch the sunlight change and dance across the landscape! I generally come away with a sense of peace and a few new ideas to play with, or photos for future art reference. Read more>>

Ben Schorr | Illustrator & Graphic Designer

For visual inspirations, some things that made an impression on me early in life were Matt Groening’s work (The Simpsons & Futurama), Fisher Price toys and children’s books, Sesame Street, and graffiti in Portland and Brooklyn. Later in life some illustrators whose work I’d fall in love with include Gustavo Dao, Michael Sweater, Eleanor Davis, Molly Mendoza, Sam Alden, Lynda Barry, and Kevin Cannon. Read more>>