"You're a very....strong......artist."  said one of my high school art teachers, Sister Jane de Chantal, in response to a watercolor I had done of some daffodils. It didn't look like the other students' work, being bright with thick yellows and browns and imbued with strong contrast and heavy brushwork. She was being tactful, but I took it as a compliment.
I now work exclusively in oils - very thick, creating vibrant, textural, dramatic paintings.