Exploding onto the professional sand sculpting scene in early 2008, Sue McGrew has enjoyed a meteoric rise to international prominence. More than a decade later, she’s traveled the world to over 85 competitions and dozens of festivals in 35 countries. Her flowing organic style and expressive figures have won numerous awards in sand, snow and ice. Sue starred on Travel Channel’s TV show "Sand Masters", a program about the worldwide adventures of a group of American sand sculptors. She later teamed up “Sand Guys International” to break the 2014 Guinness World Record for Tallest Sand Castle in Rio de Janeiro. And most recently she and her teammate Abe Waterman won CBC's sand sculpting competition series "Race Against the Tide".
Sue hails from the Tacoma, Washington USA. An artist since birth, her childhood was spent doodling in sketch books, folding origami and twisting wire to create paper mache figurines. Sue’s first taste of sand sculpting (besides her back yard sand box) was a huge international sand sculpting festival in Zeebrugge Belgium in 2004. She found herself enamored by the romantically impermanent medium and spent her summer holidays during college searching out competitions and festivals. Although receiving a BFA in Theatrical Stage Management from the University of Southern California, after graduation Sue chose to follow her love of sand, sun, and travel as a professional sand sculptor.
Today, Sue continues to share the magic of sand sculpting with the world while growing as an artist of many mediums, but until she tires of living out of a gritty suitcase, she devotes herself to the gypsy lifestyle in sand, ice, and snow.