I think it is very safe to say "artists" are all inspired by someone.
I've been an artist my whole life. It is something you are born with for some and many find it later in life. We all reach our milestones in our own time.
I'm constantly inspired by so many amazing artist. The web is so full of them.
One of my favourite has to be Jean Tsai and her wonderful photography. (click the link)
I've seen very similar images on the web by other wonderful aspiring artist who may claim origin and birth of their own creations, but the real truth is we all learn from each other.
In my opinion only amateurs and people who have very little confidence in their own abilities and work ethics and talent can feel intimidated by other artists who do indeed know who they are, where and how deep their roots grow in the passion, respect and artistic flair. It reflects in their work.
The point is to be inspired and work towards those amazing passions, reaching with all your might for all you believe in and not allowing yourself to be expired before reaching those goals, dreams and desires.
Being an artist is not about feeling superior. It is about advancing and focusing on self fulfilment and desired destination. Each artist walks their own path. Art in any form is not a competition and not about who got there first and it is certainly not about winning. Each art is expressive in their own birth, name, brush stroke, type, music note, abstract, macro, etc. Not everything is eye appealing to everyone. That is the diversity of true art and freedom of expression.
"It is not the destination we must focus on but the journey itself."
We are all winners as long as we believe in what we dream and continue reaching for what we believe in.