Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Artist Turns Pet Ashes Into Artwork

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most artists put themselves into their work, but one San Diego man also puts the cremated remains of beloved pets into his art.

Daniel Ortega is the creator of “Ashwork,” a medium that mixes stone, plants, earth and the ashen remains of pets into a one-of-a-kind black and white or color relief.

Grieving pet owners fill out a pet biography which Ortega uses for inspiration. He can also sculpt personal symbols into the art “as long as they’re not too complicated.”

Ortega came up with the idea years ago, but held off on launching his business because he “didn’t think people would accept it.”

He sells his commissioned “Cremation ArkWork” at, and the works range from $315 to $915.

In case you’re wondering, Ortega is willing to make pieces from human remains, but customers must sign a waiver accepting the finished piece.

So far, he has done pieces using the ashes of his niece and his father, but only places human remains in vaults behind the painting for the other customers.

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