Sharna Fabiano

Like many two-year olds, I expressed an early love for streaking bright colors all over myself, the walls, and any objects within reach. When brushes were not available, my mother tells me finger painting would keep me occupied for hours. Growing up, I shifted my focus to tidier art forms such as poetry, contemporary dance, and improvisation, and since 1997 I have worked as a performing artist and movement educator, both on a local community level and on tour throughout the United States and Europe.

A longtime practitioner of yoga, the concepts of mindfulness, intention, and creative expression gradually wove themselves together in my performance work and in my teaching. I became more and more interested in how cultivation of one’s inner state influences artistic craft, and vice versa. In 2015, I began working with pastels as a way to further explore this idea in another medium.

Focusing on color and texture, and allowing the mind to rest on the sensation of marking the canvas, my abstract compositions are inspired both by the witnessing state of sitting meditation and by the active listening and responding of the body in improvised dance and theater. Currently, I’m exploring larger formats and with the versatility of acrylic paints, finding ever-increasing depth in the trust and patience required to allow the many layers of each painting to unfold organically.

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Seasons 1

Ocean Impressions 1

Landscape with Moons