Jim Denevan creates monumental pieces of art on beaches and desserts throughout America. He uses the sand to act as a blank canvas to display these immense formations. The shapes he creates reflect the forms created in nature, he does this to feel at one with the world around him.
For 10 years he has been creating sand art as a way of channeling his passion for nature as well as the epic sense of loss he felt when his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This was his way of therapy when he was unable to help her through this devastating disease.
Each shape is created using tools and rakes he has adapted and made especially for his drawing but he also uses washed up sticks and wood left behind by the sea which he feels gives him that connection with nature and his art once again.
Once completed the amazing drawings (which take hours to complete) last as long as the next tide and soon enough are swept back into the ocean. Denevan believes that this reflects the short burst of intense love that people feel right in the very beginning. And rather than this love slowly evaporate he believes loosing the art to be back at one with nature is a stronger feeling that remains.
After all as the old saying goes: ‘It is better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved at all.’
To find out more about his amazing work visit his website. http://www.jimdenevan.com/