Sharna Fabiano is a choreographer by training and an internationally recognized specialist in Argentine Tango social dance. She began painting in 2017. Over the past several years, she has translated her composition skills from the stage into an improvisational painting style under the guidance of artist Flora Bowley in Portland, Oregon.
Sharna's longtime study of yoga, mindfulness, intention, and the creative process influence Sharna’s approach to visual art. She is interested in how the cultivation of one’s inner state influences artistic craft, and vice versa. Focusing on color and texture, and allowing the mind to rest on the sensation of marking the paper, her abstract compositions are inspired both by the witnessing state of sitting meditation and by the active listening and responding found in improvised dance. In that sense, the work reflects a process of discovery and intuitive choice-making.
In 2017, she received a Hemera Foundation artist fellowship to explore the connection between meditation and art making. Over the past several years, she has shown her paintings locally through Art Share LA, Kennedy Grace Gallery, Long Beach Art Exchange, Hellada Gallery, the Artist’s Co-Op, and a variety of independently owned shops and cafes. Sharna earned her MFA degree at UCLA and lives in Long Beach.