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Art & Life with Sierra Linn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sierra Linn.

Sierra, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Creativity is in my blood. My story begins with my incredible family, friends, and the long line of exceptional humans and creatives I come from. When I was younger, I always gravitated towards creative hobbies, but I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. It wasn’t until my Jr. Year of High School that my art teacher mentioned that she thought I should be a Graphic Designer. I had never taken an art class up to that point, and that class was a calligraphy elective that I only took because my friend Katie was taking it. I didn’t even know what Graphic Design was! Well back then it was still called Communication Arts, but “potato – patato.”

I didn’t initially pursue a career in Graphic Design because I didn’t think I was good enough. I took some college classes here and there in-between traveling around the world. I was still trying to figure out what to do with my life, but I knew two things for sure: I had a love for people and a passion for the arts. Eventually, I saw how the two could easily become one in Graphic Design, and from then on, I went full-force into it.

I now get to live in this beautiful San Diego paradise with the most wonderful husband a woman could ever dream of, Vince, and our sweet pup Indiana. I have been freelancing for a long time now and still am. It took a while working and going to school, but I did complete my Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design at the Art Institute here in San Diego. I learned so much from my experienced professors there, and now I have the privilege of also working at SlideGenius, a local presentation design firm now global, that is incredibly successful and a lot of fun.

Over the years the hard times and the beautiful times have shaped me as a person and an artist. I love being a graphic designer, my High School Art Teacher was right; it is perfect for me. It has been a great adventure, and I am excited to see where it takes me next.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a Graphic Designer, and as such, I have the unique opportunity to take an idea or concept and turn it into something that people can understand and want to be a part of. I get to make the unseen – seen. Every color, shape, and order of elements come together to tell a story; it’s fascinating! I love the puzzle-solving aspect of graphic design as well as the eye-catching, message-sharing part of it.

I believe that as an artist it is important to use my talents to help others; to shine a light on the injustice that the world around me may be blind to. On my website, you will see a lot of non-profit work because that is what I am most proud of.

I specialize in a bold modern look and feel. I really enjoy branding, package design, collateral design, advertising – I love it all! Graphic Design is a lot of fun. You’ll also see a touch of retro-inspired designs because I am a huge fan of retro and the Mid-Century masters. I also really love constructing things as in actually making things with my own two hands. There is nothing more gratifying than watching your hard work come together into something beautiful.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Simply put, I believe as an artist, true success is being heard. That people understand what you are saying through your creative work. The quality I feel is essential to the actual success of an artist is in-turn using your voice for others.

As creatives, we have the privilege of giving a voice to the voiceless, a face to injustice and a visual to the things unseen. It is work that has been historically taken for granted, often ahead of its time and most certainly underpaid. But our reward, just like the masters before us lies in connecting our fellow man with that which is experienced, not seen. We are visionaries, movers, shakers – rule breakers!

So, stand tall and be proud of your gift because it’s your voice! Don’t ever let anyone discredit you because of your creative profession because we are here today not only as the next leaders in our chosen industries but the next history makers who will rise and do great and mighty things in this generation.

Let us never tire of using our gifts and abilities for good whenever we can. The world needs us more than ever.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on my website: sierralinndesign.com You can support me by bringing me in on your next project, and we can see what value I can add.

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Image Credit:
Alli Tuttle – “Chained Hands” charcoal drawing on Captor Book Cover.

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