Serena Potter's work focuses on themes of private pain vs. public persona, fight and submission, sex, dreams, interpersonal connections and identity. Her paintings are notable for their use of chiaroscuro inspired by the dramatic cinematic lighting and compositional elements used in film noir. She creates paintings in oil on birch panel or canvas as well as drawings with mixed media charcoal, pastel, china marker, on cotton rag paper.
Potter attended the Laguna College of Art and Design, from which she graduated with her MFA in Painting and is currently teaching in their Fine Arts program. She also teaches at National University and Mt San Antonio Community College.