Artist Statement: Sam Serrano places her focus on the psychological restorative and destructive effects of art through abstract and surreal compositions in nature-themed paintings. She’s mainly interested in the relationship between mental health and spiritual motifs, and how that can be associated with abstract and objective expectations in art. In fact, her goals stem from the process of art making surrounding unconventional methods of painting and emotional responses to the work. Furthermore, these ideas are expressed through her exploration of symbolism in nature-based references, complexity of imaginary environments and technical, visual effects of acrylic mediums. Through painting, she seeks to enliven a sense of energy and create an opportunity to reclaim one’s mental power over the limitations/expectations of society and the art world.