The american painter Edward Hopper is one of my favourite painters. His work includes a series of painting of lighthouses along the coast of Maine. I came to think of them as I visited this lighthouse earlier this summer.
And as I have pointed out before, in some way or another your work will be influenced by the sum of your experiences and what you are exposed to. All the things you take a little time to explore, things you are intrigued by, things that spark your curiosity.