Alyson Stanfield’s post What is Artistic Style? hit the nail right on the head –
An artist’s style is not good or bad. It just IS. The execution might be criticized, the colors might be perceived as ugly, or the composition seen as weak, but the style is what it is.
Artistic style is your calling card, it is what differentiates you from the pack. While your style may develop over time, I believe the bones of what makes your art shine is there from the beginning. I think every artist struggles to find their voice and stick with it, especially with the glut of visual art on the internet. The pressure to conform to trends and popular themes is around every corner. Standing out is about pushing those distractions aside and letting your personality speak for itself. If you allow your personality to lead your creative process, a personal style emerges.
I’ve struggled with defining my artistic path. Sometimes I’ve felt the pressure to “pick just one thing to focus on” and the term “cohesive body of work” has had me chasing my tail on more than one occasion. I’m starting to realize that having a definitive style is less about making all of your artwork look similar and more about standing out and having your artwork recognized as coming from you.
Having a style doesn’t mean you must produce the same work over and over again. It simply means that you have created work that others identify with you.
I agree completely.