As children,we were directed in school to follow the teacher's instructions and perform a certain style of printing, writing, or behavior.
As artists, we always try to find another artist that we admire and we begin reproducing their style and subject matter. It's only second nature to do this.
Tongue in cheek, I have been drawing and painting subject matter that I love. Some scenes are unconventional. That said, I hesitate to expose myself. But I have realized because I am so passionate about the piece that it becomes that much better. If you were to look at any successful artist you will see that they do not replicate any other artist and have developed a style and subject matter of their own. The creator and creation have become harmonious.