I have long been interested in Japanese woodblock prints (the primary influence on my own woodblock prints, along with German Expressionism). They encouraged me to depict weather (rain, snow, and wind); times of day, especially night scenes; and the seasons. I was affected by the formidable design sense of Hiroshioge, Yoshitoshi (the Japanese Goya), Hokusai, and others, with human figures integral or subsumed into the landscape.

The Monet wisteria-covered bridge at Giverny was one influence for the bridge motif, as well as the famous Hiroshige print that Van Gogh copied.