Finding your voice is always a challenge. Recently a friend visited my studio and remarked, "those paintings look so different, they aren't soft like the others." So does that mean my paintings need to always look soft, because that's my style? Or can that vision morph? Someone else commented, "your new ones are so dark." Well meaning words, but it almost makes me want to go and hole up in a cave and paint without input. I bet you know what I mean. As we artists constantly think, learn, morph and explore our new understanding of our work we have to try to be impervious to being swayed.
As we move forward in life our art reflects that journey. It can't stay still.