Timothy Allan Shafto “Being able to transform a thought, an idea, into physical form through my hands gives me such joy. But that’s only half the cycle,” shares Tim. “When you experience a piece of my work that brings you joy and connection, you are completing it.” Creating with his hands is a way of life for Tim–always has been and he hopes it always will be. Who would have thought that a job making commercial metal door pulls and handles in Colorado when he was 19 years old would eventually lead to the life of an artist in Hawaii? His journey has taken him through glass fabrication, to owning a stone fabrication company in the Bay Area, to making a living as an award-winning fine woodworker in Hawaii. Now his skills combine to create a dramatic new style of mixed-media painting, inspired by the ocean and island life. His work can be found in private collections and in the US Embassy in Fiji as part of the Art in Embassies program.