From Hobby To FT Job; Eugene Shirto’s creativity with wood
May 10, 2021
If it’s a job, it’s usually not fun. But usually doesn’t really mean always. Sometimes that hobby you enjoy so much may actually become your full time job. Such is the case of Eugene Shirto. Born (26 August 1977) and raised in Bulawayo Eugene is a self taught artist/Carpenter. He has managed to commercialize and still enjoy his creativity with wood.
“I salvage felled trees and create artwork on them,” the craftsman said. Eugene’s art is diverse and it affords him room for self-expression. “I express My love for wild animals wild through my artwork, mainly our country’s own magnificent Big 5.”
Mr Shirto is mostly inspired by nature; “the wildlife of Zimbabwe.” His aim is “to create awareness on preservation.” The man began wood burning art on wood slices as a hobby. 5 years later, the hobby has turned into a fulltime job. Eugene trades as Maplanka Designs. Not only is it a job but opportunity for him to inspire others.
Eugene Shirto Exhibiting his pastel art in 2012 Islington London Eugene Shirto exhibits art and woodwork at at St John’s fair 2018, Harare Zimbabwe