All artists evolve over time as they discover new things, and as they absorb new influences.
Originally Posted by markbarendt
One way of allowing yourself to grow as an artist is to listen to constructive critique from people who've followed the path before you.
Of course each artist's path is different, but constructive critique can help you clarify your choices - either by accepting or rejecting it.
Critique starting with the word, "why," can also help you to understand your motives and your path.