Finding one’s own ‘style’ …blog update

I have many favourite artists ranging from JMW Turner

JMW Turnerand Degas

Ballerinas Sketch Edgar Degasthrough to Norman Ackroyd’s atmospheric prints.

ACK_333_Skellig_Rocks_County_Kerry-copyI also love the work of Beili Liu,

Beili LiuMonika Grzymala,

Monika GrzymalaRichard Long

Stone Circle Richard Longand the wonderful marks of Kitty Sabatier.

Kitty Sabatier 1I could go on – the list is endless! Covering a whole range of artistic mediums, the one thing that all these artists have in common is that they have all found – or should that be ‘developed’ – their own style. Now I realise that finding one’s own particular style doesn’t just happen overnight (unless you happen to be extremely gifted!) – it only comes after hours/years of hard work, experiments, failures, successes…….

At the moment I can’t seem to pinpoint my style – I waver between figurative drawings,

Carolyn J RobertsSilver Birch I

Auchencairn in pastelspencil and ink wash drawings,

Carolyn J Robertswatercolour washes

Carolyn J RobertsCarolyn J Robertsand a little mixed media.


I have been lucky in that I have had both figurative work and a watercolour wash piece exhibited. The difficulty arises when I am asked to describe myself/work in the dreaded artist’s statement as I don’t feel that I have a definitive style!

I would be really interested to hear how other artists (why do I still feel awkward calling myself an artist?) ‘found’ their style – let me know!

Meanwhile I will keep persevering…..



8 thoughts on “Finding one’s own ‘style’ …blog update

  1. I know this feeling well! I find my work not representational enough to be naturalistic, nor abstract enough to be, well, abstract lol. I don’t think your artist statement needs to be set in stone – I’m certainly doing very different work 6, 12, 18 months on – but it is still my hand and eye. I know some people let their palette/colour usage define a ‘style’. I go with themes of shifting light. To me, your work is rhythmic and full of swells and you can definitely see ‘your’ marks. I’d enjoy the experimenting – when something ‘sticks’ it becomes part of the way you do things.

    1. Thanks Elaine! I think one of the things I miss most about uni was being able to discuss your work with your peers & get constructive criticism! Alone in the ‘kitchen/studio’ you can make a ‘mountain’ out of the smallest of things – it really helps reading your comments! I will definitely keep on experimenting!

  2. Completely agree with Elaine here, Carolyn. Like you, I have had long anguished thoughts on what my style is. I felt I had a series of completely different styles (not good from the perspective of some galleries), but keep going because, like me, you may find that the ‘different’ styles start to feed into each other. Eventually you’ll probably find one or two dominating your work. This is what is happening with my own work now. Also, you’d be surprised how many people will recognise your own particular style throughout what you perceive to be very differing artworks. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mari – as I remarked to Elaine – spending a lot of time on one’s own can make you blow things out of proportion! Knowing that others have the same doubts, concerns etc is comforting (if that’s the right word..) It really means a lot that you take the time to comment and I really appreciate it!

  3. sorry to ad a question,rather unrelated to the thread (although the question of style used to be on my mind a lot-i have an artist friend, Richard Stein, who said he had to discard everything he ever learned in art classes before he discovered his own style and potential)- anyway, i was wondering if you remember where you pulled up that image of the Degas ballerinas..from a museum, or gallery somewhere? i have the very selfsame image hanging on my wall with slight pigment variations…just curious where the original is located…Thanks, Chaz B.


      1. No problemo, thanks for getting back to me so quickly- I’ll have to ferret out that photo somewhere online…i know its there now!

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