We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Lynn Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah Lynn, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Great question! I’d like to start by saying that I don’t think anyone should ever “give up” on anything. I think that every artist, well everyone really, has seasons where they feel like there is a creative or mental block. Those moments can be so frustrating and can make you feel like you’ve lost your spark, or lost your passion. I find that stepping away for a bit to find inspiration in other areas is key. Nature walks, journaling, prayer, travel…all great ways to re-fuel your passion for your purpose. So you see, in my opinion, stepping back for a bit could be viewed as giving up but if you keep taking steps forward then in the end it’s really just a re-set button that helps keep you going.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a representation of my me. I strive to see the best in everything and everyone. In an often dark world I focus on the colors and beauty in the world around me. I am positive, loud, colorful, confident, and always on the move. I think the bold colors in my art reflect the joy and brightness I try to add to the relationships in my life. My art is unique in the way that the colors often appear to have move on the canvas. It’s important for me to have my art spark joy in the hearts of those viewing it. Getting to where I am today has been such a fun journey! In 2017 my husband bought me a large easel and said “I want to see you do something with this.” I took that seriously and think I have gone farther than what even he expected. My first show was Conception Art Show and it was there I was able to network and be inspired by other local artists. It’s definitely a job to to get your art seen, and it’s not easy, but with the right connections and support team, opportunities will start to flood in. I have learned along the way that it’s up to me, and only me, to make things happen! As an artist, my art will not be seen unless I make it a point to create, network with businesses, nurture relationships Ive made in the art community, and apply to shows. Art by Sarah Lynn is a representation of me and my work, so who better to put in the work to get it seen than me. Nothing in life is easy – but in the end it’s so satisfying to see the outcome of your hard work. I want Art by Sarah Lynn to show the world that beauty still exists. The bold and bright colors in my art are my way of putting smiles on faces, brightening spaces , and reminding all who see it that the earth without art is just ‘eh’.
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?
If my best friends were visiting for a week, I’d have so much to show them! Being in North Texas the first place I’d take them in Historic Downtown McKinney. It’s a charming little square filled with lots of mom and pop shops, great restaurants, and often has fun events going on. I often describe it as walking through a Hallmark movie. Legacy West is also a favorite! A fun place to dress up for a night out, grab a cocktail and listen to live music at Legacy Hall, and then enjoy a delicious dinner at HayWire or Del Friscos. Everyone has to visit the Frisco Star as well. Home of the Dallas Cowboys training facility and surrounded by cute restaurants and shops is a great place for photo ops when visiting Dallas. My husband and I love Lava Cantina in The Colony. This is such a fun place with great food and an outdoor music venue on the water. Perfect summer night out for friends. If I wanted to take a drive to downtown Dallas, then Deep Ellum is a must. Filled with art covered walls, fun breweries, and restaurants with patios, this is a great place to show friends the creative side of Dallas. When there, STIRR is a great place to dine and has a gorgeous view from their 2nd floor patio bar. Canvas Hotel is my absolute favorite hotel in Dallas. Filled with local artist’s art with a funky industrial meets glamour vibe is the perfect place to stay. The loft style rooms are so fun and the roof top bar with an infinity pool that overlooks the Dallas skyline is the absolute best view in Dallas! You can’t beat it! This are just a short list of my top favorite places. They’d have to stay a year to see all Dallas has to offer!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
How could I ever choose just one shoutout? I am very blessed to be surrounded by the support of so many amazing people! First and foremost, I thank God for the creative eye and gifts He has given me to create and see color in the world around me. Shoutout to my husband Brian who is always supporting me to pursue my passion. To my family who is constantly cheering me on and my incredible group of friends who inspire me to push further in my creativity. To list everyone by name would fill a novel, so hopefully you know who you are! Thank you for the continued love and support!