Ashes of loved ones used in paint­ings

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THERE are many ways to re­mem­ber your loved ones when they’re gone.

But an artists’ stu­dio in Stock­port has come up with a new, cre­ative way for you to keep them around for­ever.

Liv­ing In Art is of­fer­ing be­reaved fam­i­lies the chance to have their dearly de­parted’s ashes painted into a pic­ture.

And just one scoop is needed to cre­ate the per­fect piece, whether it’s a view of the coun­try­side – or your rel­a­tive’s favourite golf course.

Artist Jane McNeill came up with the idea after her mother passed away ear­lier this year.

She took her mum’s ashes, blended them with acrylic paint and got to work.

“There’s a real need for this,” Jane said. “I feel com­pelled to do it. It is all very per­sonal and ev­ery­thing is sen­si­tively done.

“We un­der­stand that emo­tions can still be raw, es­pe­cially if it’s a re­cent death.

“We’ve re­ally done our home­work. We’re do­ing this for the right rea­sons.”

Cus­tomers can ap­ply to have a paint­ing done on the firm’s web­site – and de­scribe the kind of pic­ture they want.

They then re­ceive a pack in the post con­tain­ing san­i­tary gloves, a scoop and a seal­able bag to send their loved one’s ashes in. Jane blends the ashes with paint be­fore be­gin­ning work.

Any left­overs are re­turned in the post. Cus­tomers can ex­pect their paint­ing within 20 days.

Jane, who has worked in mixed me­dia and fine art for more than 30 years, is com­pe­tent in a va­ri­ety of styles.

She spe­cialises in land­scapes, ocean scenes and ab­stract and flo­ral pieces.

Her son Nick Kir­win said: “We were scep­ti­cal at first and made sure we didn’t of­fend other fam­ily mem­bers when we sug­gested the idea. But once ev­ery­one was on board they all thought it was re­ally nice.

“It’s nice to know she’s still there phys­i­cally. It’s a beau­ti­ful way to re­mem­ber her.

“We thought it was be a nice way for peo­ple to go on liv­ing through art and serve as last­ing memo­ri­als.”

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