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The art of inspiration

The art of inspiration

Inspiration is a fragile thing — an infant's frank gaze, a thought-provoking conversation, the last book you read. We spoke to three women in the world of fine arts about what moves them to create. Claire Sherman: It's all in the experiment During a road trip with her husband through the Southwest, Claire Sherman pointed a camera out her car window and took a blurry image of the bleached landscape whizzing past, the kind of impromptu picture that also captures a highway sign and a bit of the dashboard. Sherman, a landscape painter, dismissed it at the time; it was one of dozens of photos she'd taken on the trip in search of subject matter for future work, and not...