Ashes of loved ones used in paintings
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.”