Lynda Barry is one of my favorite artists and also influences my own art more than any one else. Her art has evolved from straight forward comic strips to art books that delve into the philosophy of "image" making. I was originally attracted to her strips because of the pure and relatable humor that she uses to tell stories about childhood. She has the ability to be extremely funny and to tell stories that are so they make you want to die. As her style changed, this humor was applied to deeper contemplations of the nature of ideas and "how" to make them into images.
Her art has promoted me to think about my own art in the same way regardless of what medium I'm using.