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Raven J. Collins' Ash Portraits Pay Tribute to the Dead

By: Michael Hines - Published: • References: portraitsfromashes and odditycentral
Raven J. Collins is a Tampa-based visual artist who creates portraits of deceased loved ones using their actual ashes. Collins' ash portraits are hand-drawn, with each featuring a small amount of the deceased's ashes.

The ashes are sent through the mail and are mixed with a special paste and applied anywhere on the portrait except the face. The portraits sell for anywhere between two and three hundred dollars and Collins says they make up about 90 percent of her business. Working with ashes has become popular as of late, with artists creating sculptures, drawings and even paintings using the ashes of the deceased.

You can check out a few of Raven J. Collins' ash portraits along with other cremation innovations here.