Stunning sand drawings that wash away with the tide
An innovative artist is really drawing a line in the sand with these sand circles that wash away with the tide.
Marc Treanor, from Dinas Cross, Pembrokeshire, has spent seven years drawing in the sand with stunning results.
The 53-year-old’s drawings are now so popular he even hosts workshops and admits his hobby is quickly turning into his job.
Marc’s love of sand drawing grew out of a fascination with crop circles, as he was ‘intrigued by the complexity of design’.
The dad-of-two now gets commissioned to draw from a range of charities and companies and tries to do one a week.
Marc, who lives on a canal boat, said: “I drew my first one with my kids back in 2007.
“I enjoyed the design and when we went up on the cliff to have a look at it, some passersby said how amazing it was.
“We were really happy with it, and I haven’t stopped since.”
Although his daughter Ellen, now 24, and son Joe, 25, helped him out from time to time, Marc took the hobby on himself.
But what started off as a hobby is quickly becoming a way of life for Marc, who also looks after holiday homes and does a bit of gardening.
He is now releasing his third calendar, which sand circle fans can preorder from his Facebook page.
He added: “It’s really taken off in the last two years, I like to do as much as I can.
“So far I’ve done four marriage proposals, they’re always really successful.
“I’ve also had commissions from the National Trust, Macmillan – it’s becoming a bit of a job!
“I did a David Bowie tribute which got a lot of attention.
“He was a very big hero of mine and it was nice to do it.”
Marc starts off by drawing his designs on paper, depending on how complex they are.
He then draws them in the sand before admiring the finished piece from a high point.
He said: “They can take anything from between one and three hours.
“I pretty much always draw the design on paper first before doing it in the sand.
“You don’t have that long because of the tide, you only really have a few hours.
“The tide has to be out when you draw, and the weather has to be right.
“Rain is a giant eraser, it just acts like a rubber.
“Luckily I’ve only been caught out once in eight years.”
Marc moved to Pembrokeshire from Bath six years ago, and says he is now ‘spoilt for choice’ with Wales’ gorgeous beaches.
He added: “There are so many beautiful beaches around here, I’m spoilt for choice.
“There are a few of us nutters doing sand circles up and down the country but West Wales is mine at the minute.
“It’s just a nice way of bringing people together.”
Marc now hosts workshops for anything up to 50 people, but admits he can be a bit impatient sometimes.
He said: “Sometimes it’s hard doing it with other people as I can get a bit impatient.
“It’s all a bit mental trying to draw a massive pattern and work out where you are.”
But it’s all worth while when Marc sees his work from above – for him, that’s the main part.
He said: “On a deeper level, it can trigger something inside and they affect people emotionally.
“I think it’s the fragility of it and the temporary nature reflects something in ourselves.
“One minute we’re here, then we’re gone.
“It reflects our transience in the world.”