Another artist I've looked at and has influenced my work is the late Robert Helm. I first became aware of his work in around 1988 or so. I took a trip back east to Washington DC and visited many museums and galleries.
When I toured the Hirshorn Museum I came across an exhibit title, "Different Drummers". It was an exhibit of out of the mainstream artists. Richard Saul and Luis Jimenez and Alfred Jensen were a few of the other artists included.
I had never heard of Richard Helm or seen his work at that time. I was struck by the craftmanship and enigma of the subject matter. I was quite surprised that he was in my backyard in Eastern Washington and taught at WSU. Further investigation revealed that he appaeared to be a close aquaintance of the Keinholtz's who lived in nearby Idaho.
Anyway, throughtout the years I've kept my eyes open for exhibitions of his work and was rewarded when he had a show at the Tacoma Art Museum in 1995 and a few pieces occassionally turning up in galleries in Seattle over the years.
Robert passed away in 2008. Here is a link to the Seattle Times Obituary: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/washington-artist-robert-helm-stood-out-for-his-enigmatic-meticulous-qualities/