Ron MacDonald And Steve Topazio

 

Ron MacDonald

Birthplace: Ohio

Current home base: Orlando, Florida USA

When and where did you first experience sand as an art medium?

I first met Walter McDonald in Ft. Myers in 2000 where I visited a contest, and placed third in the amateur contest with a character I drew named “Maynard.”

Who was your first mentor?

Amazin' Walter.

Is sand sculpture your career? If not, what's your day job?

My full-time job is with Walt Disney Imagineering as a Sr. Production Designer.

What other media do you sculpt or carve?

Sand is a pleasant diversion from sculpting in plaster, foam and clay for the various projects and water parks at Walt Disney World.

How many states/countries have you visited as part of sand competitions and/or exhibitions?

I have visited 19 states and countries over the past 15 years in sand competitions and sand work.

 


 

Steve Topazio

Birthplace: Rhode Island

Current home base: Tiverton, Rhode Island USA

Website/social Media: www.facebook.com/SandtasiaSandsculptors

When and where did you first experience sand as an art medium?

I started in Hampton Beach, NH.

What was the motivation for your first sand sculpture?

I started sand sculpting to break up boredom on beach. I created my first sand sculpture with a clam shell. I did not know what sand tools were at the time.

Who was your first mentor?

Greg Grady, Sr.

Is sand sculpture your career? If not, what's your day job?

I sculpt full time.

How many states/countries have you visited as part of sand competitions and/or exhibitions?

US east coast states only.

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