Sue McGrew stumbled upon sand sculpting while still a high school student in Tacoma, WA. During the annual Maritime Festival there, she met master sculptor Bert Adams who runs an event called “Sand in the City” all over the country. While carving a display next to a sandbox for kids, Bert noticed an older kid’s enthusiasm and picking her out of that pile, taught the young Sue McGrew to compact sand like a professional. She instantly fell in love with the art and the next summer after graduation, Bert invited her to a sand festival in Zeebrugge, Belgium. There, working and learning along side with 40 other artist,  she had her first glimpse into the life of a professional sand sculptor and started her network of friends from around the world.

Through 2008, Sue juggled college life and sand sculpting, working in the theatre department at the University of Southern California during the academic year and leaving the summer months open for the exciting life of a sand artist. After graduating USC with her degree in Stage Management and a Minor in Sculpture and coming face to face with the reality of becoming an adult in a collapsed economy, she decided instead to dive head first into the sand sculpting industry, attending more and more contests and sculpture festivals around the world. Since then, she has won a number for competitions around the world and holds the reputation of being the youngest professional sand sculptor in America.

Today, Sue McGrew’s art takes her all over the world to sand festivals both big and small and has even spilled over into the realm of ice carving which she discovered in 2009 when she met her partner and european sweetheart Sandis Kondrats of Latvia. They now travel together as team SANDISSUE, carving and competing in competitions and conducting workshops in both the US and Europe. Most recently, as of 2011 Sue became a member of Travel Channel’s new reality TV show, SAND MASTERS, where Sand Guys International, a team of 6 professional sand sculptors travel the world to make incredible works of art. Sue is super excited about the show and hopes that this exposure brings the magic of sand sculpting to more people who may, like her, become enchanted and fall in love with the world of ephemeral art.