We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When I walk away from something, whether that be a piece of art I’m struggling to manifest or a launch that wasn’t as successful as I had hoped, I don’t think of it as giving up.
As adults, we seem to have a really hard time doing things just for fun. We no longer have hobbies, we have side hustles, and they either need to make us money or add something useful to our resume.
But by monetizing these things we place towering expectations on them and engender the fear of failure.
The best thing I’ve done for my career is give myself permission to practice my art without the obligation of it paying me back.
When you give your art the time and space it deserves – without prejudice or the pressures to “succeed” (whatever that even means) – you stop seeing RISK in big red letters, and you start feeling all the joys and possibilities of the process.
In that way, my journey with art has become one, grand experiment.
Removing failure from the equation helps you realize: it’s not so precious. You can always stretch a new canvas, always paint over it, always start anew.
That’s how I turn those moments of “should I give up,” into just something of note, a new piece of information, just another data point in this one, grand experiment.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
For as long as I can remember I’ve had an irrepressible impulse to create, from sidewalk chalk scribbles to bedroom murals to abstract botanicals. It’s such a central part of who I am and how I connect with myself and the world around me.
I believe life should be full of whimsy, and I want my art to evoke that. My process is governed by curiosity. I embrace the serendipity of play with messy, tactile elements, and quirky line marks that speak to the inner child. Sometimes the curiosity and play lead to creating something that looks nothing like what I created before, and that’s ok.
So often the advice for up and coming creatives is to find your style and stick with it. But I think that runs counter to everything that art stands for. For me, art is about the what if, the exploration, and the joy you find in the process. It’s all just a grand experiment in which I become myself instead of more like someone else.
Sharing my art is a dream come true.
I don’t believe that dreams have to be these monumental, inaccessible, macrocosmic achievements to be important. The simple act of embracing what makes you happy and committing to chasing it each and every day – that is absolutely important and a revolution in itself.
We’re all dream-chasers – with skyscrapers to build and mountains to climb – being an artist is my dream. And I hope, by sharing my art with you, I can encourage others to be brave with their dreams too.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My perfect day in Houston would start with a walk in Terry Hershey Park, or along the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. This is the best time of year in Houston, the trails are abloom with wildflowers and it’s dazzling.
After walking in the sun all day we’re going to need some wine. My absolute favorite spot in the city is Sonoma Wine Bar in the Heights. They have the perfect upstairs patio to sip on seasonal wine flights and nom on charcuterie boards in the sun.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My boyfriend, Anthony, who is my biggest supporter and best friend. He’s cheered this little dream of mine on since day one, and has shown unending patience as my art work and shipping supplies have slowly spilled out of the closet and taken over our home.