“I find inspiration everywhere,” says Marc Treanor, the artist who wants to leave his mark on the world…literally. Known for his impressive sand murals across the UK, Treanor can usually be found taking a stroll along the seashore, working on his art on the sand. But calling his art “sand circles” would not even begin to describe all the planning, dedication, and intricate work that goes into these beautiful sand patterns that decor the beaches of the United Kingdom, and his native Wales.
We all know that anything you draw on the sand will soon disappear into oblivion.
Perhaps, it’s that ephemeral quality that makes sand work so fascinating, as they’ll only get to exist in pictures. And Treanor, of Sand Circles, knows his beautiful designs will only exist momentarily, but as he writes on his website, that “the only thing we can rely on in the three-dimensional world is impermanence.”
About 9 years ago, Treanor started to dabble into sand art, but he was no stranger to it.
Treanor told Lonely Planet that he had studied the crop circles of South West England for a few years, while also following the work of New Zealand sand artist, Peter Donnely. Treanor just so happened to be in a family vacation when he decided to test the waters…or better yet, test the sand.
Marc Treanor – Sand Circles / Facebook
Treanor describes his first attempt at sand work as a “rough geometrical sand drawing pattern,” which he concocted after his influences inspired him to give it a shot.
But how do you walk the fine line between inspiration and blatantly copying someone else’s work? For many artists like Treanor, it’s all about finding inspiration in the world around you. “I find inspiration everywhere,” he explains.
But Treanor doesn’t stop there. A little googling online helps him come up with his own ideas and puts him in the zone.
For Treanor, everything around him is a source of inspiration, “from patterns in nature to drawings on the Internet, and more recently from pushing myself into new areas by accepting commissions that challenge me,” he adds. Treanor knows there’s a lot of power in forcing yourself to take new risks, especially as an artist.
That’s one of the many reasons why he’s taken a number of commissions that scared him at first, specifically, pieces that are meant to be featured in a wedding proposal.
The pressure is on, as the beautiful sand work should last enough for Treanor’s client to propose. “I did one for a lovely Australian guy who wanted to propose to his girlfriend,” he said.