Is an artist's style determined by how the artist paints over a life time, or by the subjects they choose to paint and draw? Is it determined by the surface they paint on or the medium they paint with? Is an artist defined by the way they apply paint to a surface or what they apply the paint with? Is success measured by the amount of money, fame, exposure an artist receives, or the words of praise or ridicule heaped upon them? If there was no audience for your work would you still keep working away making art? I don't know about the rest of you, but I will paint, draw, carve, etch, and sculpt in whatever medium I choose without regard to fame, fortune, audience or reward until the day I die. Probably not sensible, but producing satisfies my soul. I don't think anyone wants a painting of a lizard, tarantula, spider, frog, or snake on their wall, but for some reason I like these critters and I like to paint them. I also like to paint roses, but I don't want to be confined to painting flowers, fruit or still life's all my life. Today I worked on a Moonlit Chameleon and it is almost finished. It is in Gouache, and I had a great deal of fun painting it. I love the patterns and raised surfaces that defines a reptiles skin, the glossy reflective shine of a Turtles shell, and the pattern on a Leopard Frog. I have been painting frogs for 40 years, and for some reason even sculpted a Frog Prince waiting to be kissed. I guess I'm a foolish romantic in a cynical shell. Hopefully other people in this world will like seeing some of God's less lauded creations, and will enjoy their perfect, simple elegance. Keep working, painting, and enjoying your creative life even if it sometime is a struggle or financially unrewarding. Remember, if you have your tools, your skills, and a surface to work on you are a rich Artist indeed.