What a compliment!
For someone to recognize your work like that means that you are doing something right. And, the thing you have done is what is called “having a voice.”
Now, I don’t mean your speaking voice; I mean your art voice. You see, part of becoming a successful working artist is developing your own style, method, subject matter, niche, or whatever else you want call it. It’s what makes your art recognizable as coming from you and no one else. For example, when you look at a Van Gogh, you immediately recognize it as a Van Gogh.
You want to be able to have this recognizability for your work. Why?
Well, the main reason is that your work is memorable. And, if you are trying to sell your work, the more memorable you are the better. And, when people see your work at many different venues they assume that you must be successful because your work is all over the place.
So, if another artist doing the same shows as you does not have a recognizable voice, they just blend in with the rest of the art. The show visitors may like the work, but they probably won’t remember it later. Whereas if you have a voice, you are recognizable and therefore memorable.
So the next time you hear the words, “I saw your work at another show,” it might be followed by, “… and I should have bought that piece with the sailboat.” Well, look here, I just happen to have one that is very similar. Will that be cash or charge?