Art Today, Sand Tomorrow!


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California resident Jim Denevan, is an amazing artist whose work is admired by all, but owned by none - that's because all of Jim's art is created on an unusual canvas - the soft sand. He sometimes spends days working on a piece, only to see it washed away by the sea or a storm and that, is just the way he likes it.

Denevan, who is also a well-regarded chef, discovered his artistic talents about ten years ago, when he was idling on the beach with a stick. He ended up drawing a 12ft. long fish. Since then, Jim has logged over 1,800 miles while creating over 600 pieces of sand art.

Over the years, his drawings have become bigger and more sophisticated, but the tools he uses haven't changed - All he needs is a stick, a garden rake and most importantly, his vivid imagination!

Just like any good artist, Jim is quite particular about the 'quality' of his canvas, sometimes walking for miles, in search for that perfect patch of sand.

His latest piece of work, which is also the world's largest freelance drawing, was created in the desert sands of Nevada (see picture). It took Jim three trips, eight days and over 100 miles of walking to create this 3-mile circular marvel. It took the storm just one night to destroy it! However, Jim says he actually enjoys watching the waves or rain, wash his paintings away.

Jim's art has become very popular over the years and was even the topic of a documentary dubbed 'Sandman' in 2005. To see more of Denevan's sand creations, check out his website at

Jim Denevan is not just about art in the sand - he is also an accomplished chef and founder of an organization called 'Outstanding in the Field', whose motto is to celebrate food at its source. Accordingly, group dining events are held outdoors on farms, with the diners being treated to a gourmet meal and talks by local artisans, farmers and winemakers. The events, which are held in different farms throughout America, are so popular, that most are sold out the minute the schedule is announced. To learn more about Jim, the food artist, go to:,

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  • ninjaTuesday, December 12, 2017 at 11:06 am
    my teacher made me watch this
    • BEACH!!!Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:59 am
      soooooooooo AMAZING!!
      • 19allisonb
        19allisonbThursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:32 am
        That is so cool
        • love2swim
          love2swimWednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm
          • diamondkid
            diamondkidSaturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:23 am
            Such a beautiful work of art! :)
            • hemmguin
              hemmguinTuesday, January 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm
              That is so cool
              • nikukyu
                nikukyuFriday, November 14, 2014 at 5:42 am
                • sapphire
                  sapphireSaturday, October 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm
                  I want to go to one of the beaches that he drew on.
                  • cutiepie1010
                    cutiepie1010Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm
                    thats very intresting...
                    • mileyThursday, March 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm
                      that's just a waste to let it wash away and that's really amazing sand art too.
                      • nikukyu
                        nikukyuFriday, November 14, 2014 at 5:43 am
                        Yeah but it looks real pretty