grace & mercy


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grace & mercy


18x12" / 45x32cm /A3+ 8-color archival giclée print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag®. There will be no watermark and it will be signed and dated by myself.

This is a unique art form using instruments and techniques developed by myself since 2000. You will not find anything like this anywhere else in the world. I also call it sand calligraphy or beach calligraphy. The letters and designs are carved directly into the sand and photographed before the ocean claims it.

ArtFire is the first avenue I have explored for selling prints online.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

It only struck me afterwards, while working on the photograph, how appropriate the approaching storm was here. I then deliberately darkened its edges and enhanced the contrast. Is the storm there for the grace and mercy or are the grace and mercy there for the storm.Why is mercy carved apart from grace? Because the two don't always go together.

Materials Used

beach, beach calligraphy instruments designed by myself, Nikon D80, Sigma 10-20mm lens

Product Attributes

Color: Blue

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Please contact me before placing a custom order so that I can assess the tide and weather conditions and give you an idea when the job can be done.

Please contact me if you would prefer smaller or larger sizes. Larger sizes are not printed in my own studio. As to smaller sizes, I am prepared to print and dispatch prints 12" / 32cm in the longest dimension and will only consider orders for smaller than that for quantities of 4 or more.

Payment is expected within 2 days.

All prints are signed by the artist. If you wish to have any other details, such as the title or date added, please don't hesitate to ask. I can also add a special message if you like. My signature will not appear large as it does on the screen previews of this gallery. It is only large on these previews to protect the images from misuse.

Returns postmarked to within a week of delivery will be replaced or refunded in full. Please contact me regarding any problems before returning an item.

- Orders are shipped within 3 days of receipt of payment, sooner if I'm not on the beach too much!
- Larger prints are posted in a tube via registered air mail.
You will be provided with a tracking number.
- ETA is one to two weeks depending how far off the beaten track you are.


*** Are your images Photoshopped? ***
No. The carving is done by hand, in the sand, using instruments and techniques I have developed. Of course, I do do things like cropping, adjusting of contrast, saturation, etc to bring out the best in the photograph. The most radical Photoshopping I do would be stuff like cloning out sensor dust or a piece of rubbish in the background, and an HDR merger of a bracketed image for a better saturated sky. The carving, however, is entirely natural.

*** Why are there no footprints? ***
I levitate. ;-) To be serious, its really quite basic and it would spoil it for you if I told you. Or should I say it would ruin our relationship!? :-) I use various techniques. One that I am prepared to divulge is that I allow the wind or water to work on the piece. If you look carefully at some of my pieces, you will see signs of slight disturbance in the sand showing where I stood. You will very seldom see a footprint. The difficult part is not avoiding footprints but getting the calligraphy right!

*** Where can I see more of your work? ***
- (printed, framed and dispatched by Imagekind)



The print arrived in perfect shape and unrolled itself smothly after removal from the tube. It is even more brilliant than I expected. I can hardly wait to get it framed and on the wall. I suspect, however, that I will need to be buying another piece soon as Deena will never let me keep this one long! ~~

As usual, you are a dream to work with, your work is a delight and I will enjoy sharing it and your contact info with friends. ~~

Very best wishes ~~

Barbi ``
Stamford, CT


This is one of the most beautiful and amazing things I have ever purchased. The art of calligraphy is challenging in and of itself, and yet Andrew creates calligraphy in sand. I can't say enough wonderful things about this artist and his work....truly, a gift beyond measure. Thank you Andrew for your heart and your talent.

Rebecca Orr
Charlotte, North Carolina


These gorgeous prints arrived very quickly and in perfect condition. I had them matted and framed and they look spectacular!! The artist is a pleasure to work with and has done some custom work for me (a wedding gift for friends) that is so beautiful and is truly cherished by the recipients. I highly recommend this artist!


Perfect in every way. Excellent communication, fun packaging, item well protected. The work is gorgeous - unbelievable detail on prints. Breathtakingly beautiful land, sea and sky...and how does he do this writing without leaving any footprints?!! (and focus and get a picture before it washes away...)

So glad to have made this purchase and to get acquainted with this very talented and skilled artist from South Africa.

Very best wishes to you.

Ginger Meidel,
St. Petersburg, FL


Over all: perfect purchase, very precious and absolutely recommendable: Thanks for the prompt, ponctual and precise processing. Everything was as described and even exceed my expectations. These wonderful and excellent pictures really present an absolutely extraordinary gift for special people or serve as unique decoration for one´s own walls. It´s really wonderful and impressive and I ask myself how you´re creating this. Finally I have to state that constant looking at them ends up in drifting away in daydreams. CAUTION: highly addictive :-) The goods arrived in perfect condition exactly on the announced day. The contact to the seller is very nice and helpful. Further there must be mentioned the high-end description that is supplied along with the goods which is a very instructive guide to handling and framing the pictures the right way. Thanks!


I have purchased two Wedding Gifts and both couples were overwhelmed by the beauty! I received the images from Andrew very quickly, 3 to 5 days, and then ordered premier art canvas prints 16 x 24 inches with gallery wrap from These prints can be hung on the wall with no additional framing. I did not want to detract from their beauty with exterior framing. Andrew is the ultimate professional. He took into consideration all my thoughts about what I wanted to present to the couples and came up with the perfect photograph! Both gifts were ordered, received from Andrew very timely, and then ordered and delivered on my end within 4-5 days. I wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful and unique gift!

Sally in
Cambria, California


Careful packaging and updates on progress of the item through the delivery process by you made this an enjoyable purchase. Your signature on the print is well done and I plan to frame the print so that is visible. I am glad to get to know you a little bit through the emails which will add to my enjoyment of the artwork.

Thank you! Southernscribe


A Million Thanks and multiple gold stars for the beautiful images and for how easy it is to work with you.
Every time I buy a piece from your website or order a custom piece, I am again overwhelmed by the depth of emotion. My favorites are PEACE, BELIEVE and the custom Anniversary one that you did for our family. Kids (grown as you know) are leaning towards wedding images for their friends ... sometimes ordered by the Bridal party as a group gift.
Please tell your clients to contact me BARBI thru ARTFIRE USERS if they have questions. As an graphic artist, event coordinator and your friend, it is my pleasure to say great things about your creativity and calligraphic genius.


This was a fantastic transaction. I found out about this early one morning and thought it would be the perfect gift for my daughter, unfortunately her birthday was coming up quick. I contacted Andrew and he was willing to help me out and get this done in time... I was able to give my daughter a truly special gift thanks to Andrew. I highly recommend him to anyone interested.



Absolutely beautiful pictures. Thank you so much Andrew. It is a truly wonderful wedding gift.


Andrew-- These images are just gorgeous, and perfect for my sister's wedding. Thank you so much for your work and your generosity-- I really appreciated both.



Perfect in every way. Can't we leave extra stars???

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