My own 'lightbulb moment' with fingerstyle playing came one Christmas when I received some random guitar magazine as a gift. Packaged with that magazine was a CD and on that CD was a track called "Midsummer Night" by a group called 'The Guitar Trio' consisting of Paco De Lucia, John Mclaughlin and Al Di Meola. Before the track had even finished playing, my guitar life had changed.
This is a major loss. Sincerest condolences to the Gomes family.