Roman Serra states, "I strive to make images that are full of energy; abstraction is my voice, I use paint because it is fluid; it transforms and tells a story. Sometimes the physical process can become the focus of my work. I use certain processes because they are unique in their ability to make marks." Serra also proudly admits to being influenced by an Asian painting style called Shan Shui. This style was popular among Chinese painters during the Song Dynasty in the tenth and the eleventh century. Shan Shui integrates landscapes of mountains, rivers, and waterfalls using ink and brush strokes. Serra's work portrays mindscapes in his abstract paintings with western mediums and tools.