• Artist Bio


    Serena Potter’s work focuses on themes of sense of self, perceived change or imperfection, private pain vs. public persona, and interpersonal connections. She creates drawings with mixed media charcoal and pastel, on cotton rag paper, as well as paintings in oil on birch panel or canvas. Her drawings and paintings are notable for their use of chiaroscuro inspired by the dramatic cinematic lighting and compositional elements used in film noir. In her paintings you will find elements color and light from the golden age illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and J.C. Lyendecker in one series and the still luminous light of masters George De La Tour and Caravaggio in another.
    Potter received her BFA from the University of Utah and her MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design, where she is currently a mentor in their MFA program. She teaches at National University, Mt. San Antonio Community College. Her paintings are included in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Mexico, as well as in the permanent collection of the Hilbert Museum of California Art.


  • Article By Didi Menendez December 2018

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    https://medium.com/pa-articles/instagram-everyday-serena-potter-13d32a4a0828?fbclid=IwAR0Sify05pc3HbXhiM14CUKUmYtSJ0PXEL3B9falOh1o1bSyE1-m6Vidpjk

  • Interview for CuraOC Podcast - July 2018

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    https://www.curaoc.com/single-post/unvarnished-4

  • Sp[a]ce Gallery Interview for the Movement Narrative Show 2018

    This interview is specifically about my painting The Egg Race, and more generally about movement and narrative in my work. The painting was in a group show at the Sp[a]ce Gallery, in the Ayzenberg Marketing Firm, in Pasadena, 2018.

  • Serena Potter - Residency, Long Beach Museum of Art

    Short video about my work and residency at the Long Beach Museum of Art, 2016

  • Guest on Modern Art Blitz Episode #18 2016

    On this episode of Modern art Blitz I discuss my work following a stint as artist in residence at Long Beach Museum of Art.

  • Ten Memorable Paintings from 2015

    Ten Memorable Paintings from 2015

    I am included in John Seed's end of year list of ten artists/paintings that are memorable from 2015. I was also included in Did Menendez's list of 50 Memorable Artists from 2015

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/ten-memorable-paintings-f_b_8842234.html

    https://indd.adobe.com/view/33fcd320-0b34-4721-a9f3-a989f92cc226

  • Marc Trujillo article on Huffington Post

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-trujillo/the-upside-of-art-school_b_5738090.html

  • Scott Hess Article in Huffington Post

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/f-scott-hess/is-deskilling-killing-you_b_5631214.html

  • John Seed Article in Huffington Post on Oneira group show

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/oneira-i-dream-the-self-a_b_5505663.html

  • John Seed video In the Huffington Post

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-seed/contemporary-arts-center_b_5091713.html#es_share_ended

  • On the Tracks filming event in the news.


    http://vimeo.com/72785087

  • Figurative Artist's Website


    Figurative Artists Website http://www.figurativeartist.org/artists/artist-list/

    A directory of contemporary figurative artists with links to their websites. I am featured in a photo montage created by the director http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9sl-807Ia8&feature=youtu.be