Hi Sharon, this is a good question. I wish I had a good answer, but I’ll try to stumble my way through one.
First, I don’t have a favorite style. I think every style is valid and can be beautiful and effective if it is paired with the right story to support it. Inversely, I believe every story is unique and self-contained, and therefore deserves a unique and self-contained style to support it. In my mind, it’s a circular construct that is constantly evolving, with story & style influencing each other in an endless, expanding loop. Because of this, I also don’t think a style ever finishes developing either. It grows on and on, living well past the people who originated it and eventually develops so far that it becomes genre.
But I digress…now for the truly esoteric part…
So, how did I become (as you say) so versatile? The answer lies somewhere in the first paragraph. I just truly love it all. I am fascinated by art in all its forms. I have no snobbery of any kind towards any art. And I have a deep, deep wish to understand it all. To this end, I study art in all its forms constantly, hoping to learn something or gain some insight that can inform my own choices. Out of that impulse, I have always tried to create art in every style and in every medium I could get my hands on.
These impulses have existed throughout my whole life. When I started working professionally, I would look around at other shows and say, “Hey that’s something I’ve never done! I want to try!” I jumped around from studio to studio, pursuing projects that interested me because of what I could learn from them.
So, when you add all that up, it’s not that I was so versatile that I was able to do all these things. It’s that I became very versatile by stubbornly refusing to work within one style and doggedly pursuing jobs created in styles I had no idea whether or not I could even do!
The pros: I can draw in lots of styles. It makes me very versatile and attractive to many different studios.
The cons: I don’t have my own signature style. Yet. ;)