If you are searching for God the rejoice, He has found you.
Steve Talley’s approach is one that artists who wish to make a living from art ought to remember. He has the mindset of tradition. You start by working in the style of another, and let your own intepretion of the genre come through naturally. He is also commercially minded and so this forces him to focus on what will connect with people today - while not all that sells is good, as a general principle it is true that all art that is good will sell.
The creative types among us, the artists, and poets, and writers and makers, spend their lives chasing “success.” Success as the world defines it usually involves some mixture of money and celebrity or fame. But for every artist who is able to sell his work for tens of thousands of dollars, there are many more Vincent Van Goughs toiling in obscurity.