Sergio Portillo, an artist in Florence, Alabama, first began composing memorial paintings using the ashes of deceased pets. Then people approached him with cremated human remains:
On his painter’s pallet, Portillo adds acrylic color with a person’s cremated remains, turning ashes into art.
“The artwork, to me is like an additional memory to the person`s life, you know the pain of missing someone can be overwhelming and I like to believe the loved ones art can help ease the pain in a lot of ways,” said Portillo.
With Sergio’s artwork, every brush stroke brings new color to the canvas adding layers of life to the painting.
“It`s not like the traditional urn, you know, some people just receive a container with the ashes. I think it`s something additional. They like to get close to their loved ones,” said Portillo.
According to the artist, these soulful works of art serve as a permanent tribute to family members, reflecting on the life and how the loved one will always be remembered.