Serena Mitnik-Miller is a talented surfer/artist who was raised in Hawaii and now calls Northern California her home. Together with her husband Mason St. Peter, Serena operates The General Store and Two Birds Fly, both of which creates and sells goods related to a coastal lifestyle. Her surf projects include designing for the Dear & Yonder film and board designs with Marc Andreini. We spoke with Serena to learn more
Who did you look up to and admire when you were a child?
My mom and my grandparents and my family.
When did you get your first surfboard?
I can’t remember exactly when but I know it was an used Aipa long board and I loved it.
What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
Indescribable. I vaguely remember my head was filled with salt water and my arms were wet noodles and then I stood up and I was hooked!
Where did you interest in art come from?
I was born the daughter of two artists I can’t even remember not drawing or painting.
What is your process when creating your art?
Very organic, I go through phases of mediums and materials but am always working out the ideas in my head either painting wood blocks, shooting photographs or simply painting on paper.
Who/what inspires you?
I find inspiration in the unexpected.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
So far how little I really know and how much more there is to learn.
What are you most proud of?
Everything that has brought me to this moment and all the people who have supported me along the way.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
Whether I am surfing, swimming, diving, sailing or just standing in the dunes the ocean has a calming effect that puts my mind at ease.
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Adventures with my beloved family and friends!
What is your favorite board? Your favorite surfspot?
Depends on the day, my top three now are my Andreini Vaquero, Crème death dagger and Dano log / warm water left hand point breaks around the world.
What’s your favorite meal?
I am a snackster. I love summer time when all the fruits are fresh and in season.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
What causes/ projects/ organizations do you support?
Save the Waves, Japan Earthquake Relief, Charity Water, MYOO, 350.org…
What are you most grateful for?
Life, family, friends and love. Oh and my cats and dog.
What’s next for Serena Mitnik-Miller?
Only time will tell…