We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Lynn Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara Lynn, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
My favorite color is green. Ironically its my last name as well. When I tell people my favorite color is green I always explain my reasoning. Green to me symbolizes nature and having a sense of being free. Growing up I was raised by my grandparents so going outside and playing was something I did a lot. Climbing trees, making swings out of jump ropes, collecting rocks, building sandcastles. My aunt would take me to the lakes, different parks, and the beach and to me those were some great times. Playing outside was like an adventure for me, I did not have the best life growing up so my escape was the outside and being in tune with nature. I love to hear the sounds of the wind, the ocean, birds chirping, and even those weird sounds at night time. When I was old enough to drive I would always try to go to the beach when I needed to get away or just have a peace of mind. I remember even going to the beach in the winter at night time just because I wanted to listen to the water and look up at the stars or because I just needed a break from life. Being outside in nature makes me happy because not only is it calming but because of it’s beauty, you can find beauty anywhere in nature even in the dark places. Whether it’s sitting outside when the sun rises, taking a walk, cliff diving, or laying on the beach it would make feel warm inside , a true happiness. No technology no electronics, just me and nature helps me focus and think of new ideas for a creation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up I liked to create things. It was fun creating or drawling things out of nothing. My cousin Erin was a great artist and I wanted to achieve his level of artistic ability one day. I would always find myself coloring or drawing as a kid. I remember when I was about 6 years old I would sometimes go with my Aunt to her job, and I would always draw things for her co workers. As I got older and especially after my cousin Robbie and my grandma passed I used art as another outlet for my emotions. I started to take art a little more serious. What I am most proud of is my 10 piece pointillism collection. My focus was on beauty of women from different cultures. For example, I did an African Woman , where the main focus the lip plates, an Arabian woman wearing a hijab, and a Chinese woman with a hand fan. Drawling was a way for me to cope or release stress. It was not until after graduating college that I dove back into art. I wanted to bring more beauty into the world through my own eyes. And make art that had a story or small meaning behind it. It was very hard getting started again and trying to get people to support. I overcame the challenges by not stopping. If you don’t quit you never lose. I kept putting out my work and then I started DBL (Designz By Linkz) my graphic design business. My whole business is just me, from making the art, to making the website, printing my art on shirts, everything in my business is done by me. Now I went to college for Psychology so trying to be a business person was hard I had to figure everything out by myself or watch youtube videos for help . The biggest lesson I learned is to not let others artwork hinder you from doing your own. Not to overthink a piece or stress yourself out because you seen someone else doing good work. I also learned that it is okay to be in a art funk, as long as you don’t stay there. When people hear DBL I want people to know that I do art from emotions and when I do art for others, I truly take my time because I want to give someone my best work. You can make beauty out of anything.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First day in Houston I would take them downtown to the museum district. The area is beautiful and very inspirational. We would go to Bodegas Taco Shop and get some great tacos and drinks.
Day 2, we would get up early and go to The Breakfast Klub for brunch, they have the most amazing chicken and wings. Afterwards I would take them to this roof top parking garage right in downtown for a good photo op. This place is great for pictures.
Day 3, I would definitely go to graffiti park and the graffiti warehouse walk all around to show them how amazing artist out here are. Plus a great place for a photo shoot as well. The toasted coconut would be a great place to go and eat afterwards and they have some beautiful and tasteful drinks.
Day 4, This would be a shopping day, show them the Galo and show them the dope thrift stores in midtown, very colorful and probably the best thrift stores ive ever been to. There is the Burger Joint that I feel has the best Burgers , a cool vibe sitting outside watching tv.
Day 5, I would take them out to the clubs on Main Street or Washington Ave, they have a great vibe and I have met some really cool people. Club therapy is a dope place with great music. After leaving the clubs going to the taco trucks or going to Cha Chos would definitely be the move
Day 6, I would take them to Umbrella Ally, yeah its in Baytown but its still a dope place to experience, and take pictures. Then I would sneak us into this abandon parking garage downtown and show them all the creativity and graffiti.
Day 7, I would end off the trip with taking them to this amazing Tree House that is in Cypress. It’s a really huge tree house. There is so many things to do in Houston, rooftop movie theaters, sitting on the colorful bridge at night, taking late night drives to see the city lights, honey Art Cafe, hookah restaurants and Transco tower. There’s countless things to do in Houston and amazing nightlife places to go.
I don’t think a week would be enough to show someone Houston and the dope places they have.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my two cousins. Robert and Erin James. Two very different people, of whom both have impacted my life in a big way. These two people are like my big brothers I would see them everyday growing up. We lived together. They were much older than me. Robert or as I called him “Robbie” was 10 years older then me. He was my protector, my role model and always came to my rescue. Me and him were very close, I still remember the times he would come home from college and I would sit with him while he did his psychology homework. He was someone I looked up to. Unfortunately in 2007 he unexpectedly passed from a motorcycle accident. His death affected me drastically but It also motivated me to finish what he started and that was school and going to college. I achieved that in 2018 I graduated and got a Psychology Bachelors degree. My other cousin Erin is 7 years older then me. He gave me tough love, always tried to push me in the right direction. I didn’t understand at first but as I got older I realized that him being hard on me was for a good cause. It toughened me up as I grew up. He also was a creative and always wished that I could be a great artist just like him. Both these people have impacted my life academically, creatively and just in life in general. I would not be the person I am today with out them.