As I see it, style is just an expression of personality and we're drawn to particular work for being a reflection of our own. . . . The deeper you get into anything - be it music, photography, art - the more you look for work that has some kind of resonance with your own unique personal experience.
That is so very well put, batwister, so very well put. I would add that style is something that emerges from the work, it is not something that one consciously attempts to apply to the work.