Internally driven and emotionally charged, Shaheen is enthusiastic and spontaneous, in person and on canvas. Her interest in art took root in high school. Since then she has added paint, colour and canvas to her list of favourite things, along with her dogs and dancing, cappuccinos and her camera, shoes and sushi. When she isn’t painting in her studio in Lusaka, she can be found on a plane to tick off another location on her bucket list. On each trip she enjoys the art, cuisine and unique experiences with family and friends.
Her business talents started at a young age, and developed whilst at King’s College London. After King’s, she worked in the marketing and finance divisions of various companies, which introduced her to interesting individuals and exciting ideas, helping her become the person she is today. An unlikely turn of events lead Shaheen to an art project she couldn’t resist in her hometown in Zambia. After turning to a full time painting career in her 20s, Shaheen studied at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design, and also completed the New York Arts Program. She has collaborated with artists from New York and Zambia, exhibiting her work in New York, London and Zambia.
Although the nature of her work may vary from time to time, it almost always involves paint. Today, Shaheen’s work is a bold mix of styles, ranging from more commercial abstract paintings and contemporary mixed media artwork, to more naturalistic and representational portraits and forms. She has been commissioned by banks, building developments, restaurants, bars, and homes across numerous countries. Her work has also been included in several charity auctions and selected for various art competitions.