Shaune Bazner began her artistic career in the 1970's studying Jazz and African Dance in Boulder, Colorado. While dancing, her long hair kept getting in the way. Soon she started playing with wooden chopsticks to hold her hair up. Eventually, Shaune created the right shape and length and branded them, MEI FA hair sticks. She trademarked this elegant and multi-functional accessory and launched her company. Her company, headquarted in Washington, DC, designs and creates many types of beaded jewelry enjoyed by women around the world. Founded in her father's basement, more than 40 years ago, the company at it's peak, employed 35 people and sold to over 1200 stores and catalogs. All products are handcrafted in her studio in DC.
20 years ago, while sitting in The Rothko Room, at The Phillips Museum, in DC, Shaune knew she had to try her hand at abstract painting. Being a colorist with a love for texture and shapes she enrolled in Helen Corning's class at The Yellow Barn, in Glen Echo, MD. While studying with Helen for 10 years she learned to use acrylic paints and pastels on canvas and paper along with a myriad of textures.
Shaune's inspiration for her paintings primarily come from nature. Walking her dog, Kessy, through the woods, strolling down beaches or riding rapids on the Colorado River all feed her ways of expressing this gift. She has long admired and studied the works of Rothko, Diebenkorn, Turner, Aurthur Dove and many other passionate artists.
Shaune has lived and worked in the Palisades area of Washington, DC since 1983. Fans in DC, Santa Fe, LosAngeles, Chicago, Boulder, Colorado and New York City collect her work.