I've recently come to the conclusion that after several years of searching I now believe I know who a I am as a painter! That is, I know what I connect with, what I gravitate to, what I know and most importantly, what I want out of a painting.
I remember the days when I painted anything at all that I could find to paint because I wanted to paint something! Just get that brush wet! I still get that way but now I find myself traveling down a frequently traveled road painting much the same way, similar subjects with quite possibly similar messages - whatever that is. And I'm grateful for that.
I believe this is due to daily research through books, magazines (Southwest Art is a great one), internet and the occasional trips to galleries and museums. Looking at a lot of really good art and finding myself somewhere in the mix.
I highly recommend that anyone wanting to become a better anything to immerse themselves and focus on their interest rather than spread themselves over a variety of activities. Remember the saying, "A Jack of all trades and a master of none" ?
Well, it may be some time before I master this trade but I've come a long way and now I can finally see where I'm going!