Serena Saunders is a full-time artist who balances studio
life with home while operating PassionArt Designs, LLC. This
mompreneur works from a place of the importance of
incorporating work and family life to blossom in her
practice. Though her concentration is in portraiture, Serena
also has meaningful work in the areas of sculpture and
writing. With a fresh, color-strong perspective her art
speaks to our human condition, most notably that of our
society's youth and women. Her often large-scale, abstractly
bold and poetically composed paintings offers layers of
narrative — almost as if the poet and the painter in her are
collaborating. With a color palette that gives her intricate
prints a world of their own, Serena Saunders works to
intrigue the imagination while not only documenting the
truth of the present but also speaking to what’s possible in
Serena Saunders was bestowed the honor of serving as the
Creative Ambassador for the City of Philadelphia. She seeks
to continue to contribute to the conversation of what art is
with intentionality for women of color. What the artist
prides the most are the beautiful and authentic
relationships she has formed with her muses over the years
and the freedom she’s allowed to paint their truths. Serena
Saunders has shown in spaces such as Galleries and
International Fairs, encompassing stages from Scope Miami as
part of Art Basel and as far as Canada and Sweden. Her
murals can be found from corporate lobby’s, to schools and
touching the sky of urban landscapes, with the most recent
unveiling at the historic Kimmel Cultural Campus in
Q&A WITH SERENA
What type or artist are you?
I am a painter and community arts teacher
What or who, inspires you and your art the
People. Community. As an extension of my passion for
working with and within the community I have found a
home in community work and education and am proud to
have this form of engagement to create art for and
alongside those who inspire my life’s work.
You will often find a matter of injustice juxtaposed
with hope fighting its way through the lines of a canvas
to prevail at the surface. I cultivate intimate
relationships with my muses, those connections along
with my spiritual studies fuels the direction of my
What do you hope people feel or think about when
enjoying your art?
Loved and hopeful.
What do you like best about Nova Colors?
The vibrancy and richness of the colors. There is a
beautiful lux consistency that lends to the creative
process feeling even more special and intentional.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
An immense gratitude and excitement about painting
everyday this year.