Learning techniques, understanding colour mixing and composition etc., are extremely important as that gives one confidence. However, technique alone does not make a painting come to life. What does, is the unique expression one is born with; everyone see's differently.
People search for a style, when they already have one, no one sees the world or expresses themselves in the same way.
My focus in teaching is to help the individual student develop skills and techniques to give them the confidence to express their own visual voice.