I know what you mean Lori. I look at my teacher's work or the
gallery postings of the master artists on this list and think, How
will I ever get that good!? The truth is, I may never be as good as
them as I too come to this a little late, but I'll keep working and
learning. I do think we can still find our own expression, our own
mastery. Just remember there is an artist who is VERY successful who
loosely wire-wraps a few stones. No need to be a master goldsmith to
do that, but she has found her own unique voice. (that said I still
long to be as best I can!)
practicing the skills that I was taught and try to blend them.
The frustration is that my work doesn't resemble that of my
teachers. Of course they have been working for decades. Your words
reminded me to quit worrying and keep working.
Regarding teaching style or a student's work looking like their
teachers. To some degree we can't help but copy when we are learning.
We don't have the "vocabulary" to express ourselves. What I've found
though is that this base will be a jumping off point. I was feeling a
little guilty when I picked up ideas from other artists, (although I
also noticed that the techniques were universal-many artists were
using them) but what I found is that my work will always end up
looking different and in starting with the basic technique someone
else might have, my own ideas start flying off into something that