Does Consistency Matter?

After making art for all but one of my 61 years, I wrestle with the issue of consistency. I see so many artists who work in the same medium with essentially the same look for year after year. They hone their style and technique. Their work becomes nuanced and sophisticated. I totally respect what this approach can bring. I just can’t do it.

I don’t know if it’s my ADD, or what, but I’m happiest when I’m trying something new…a new medium, a new type of mark, a new tool, a new finish. While I think it helps the work evolve in its own way, I do feel bad that my curiosity (and impatience…I do like to fling paint and clay) impedes deep exploration. I know it’s a problem for my illustration portfolio, which is as all-over-the-place as my fine art. How can a client know what to expect. I always just hope they’ll see that I can choose what they want based on existing samples and know I’ll come through. I couldn’t pick a single medium if I had to. Each brings something exciting and allows something the others can’t. I think I’m doomed.