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KANSAS CITY, KS -

"It hit me that having ashes in an urn on a fireplace would be a good way to remember that someone died, but having them in a piece of art is a good way of remembering that someone lived," said artist Adam Brown.

What if you can have the remains of a loved one hanging on your wall as an art form? Would you do it?

It may sound odd, but the Kansas City area artist uses human ashes to paint portraits. Adam Brown says that the ashes add a personal touch to his clients' paintings.

"The ashes would go into the background," Brown said.

How does it work? People send him the cremated body. He then uses whatever he can, and any leftover ashes, he returns them to the family.

"Whatever isn't used, I'm very careful to put back in the container and ship back to the client with the painting, so none of the ashes are wasted."

Brown says his artwork has received a lot of praise from family, but some folks find the concept a little odd.

"I haven't had anyone say you know, ‘this is wrong for you to do this.'"

"I really like them, they look really realistic," said one viewer. "I'd wonder how he'd do that actually."

"Ashes... oh my god. Um, I don't know that's getting pretty biological or something," said another viewer.

"I know for the people that have them, they love them and it gives them that constant reminder that they can look at and smile and say, you know, ‘that person meant a lot to me and I'm glad I have that piece of art,'" Brown said.

So how much will one of these paintings cost you? $300 to $700.

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