I'm going out in a Dead Gorgeous Box...

... what about you?

Why be tidied up into a box of averageness when you've had a rich and colorful life?

Art Canvas Urns

You've lived your whole life outside the box -

don't let them paint you as boring for your last act.

Choose an urn design from our library, customize your design with text, or commission an original art piece on canvas and urn the way you want it. If you could say goodbye exactly how you wanted to - what would that look like?

A natural wood urn wrapped in the Fine Art Print of your choice to embrace your loved one with art that honors their colorful life and speaks to the value of their connections and memory.


Make the art even more personal, customize images from our library

with your own text

BYO family artworkoption to bring your family stories and connections closer.

* high-resolution digital image needed, (we can help), no copyright infringement.

Artistic urn, prints, and the Original Artwork so that you can claim your non-standard person with respect and pride and art and color that truly represents the broad spectrum of their life.

Tom Owens left a legacy of heart and hope. He created Cara, a nonprofit organization that works to really help people get back on their feet and away from homelessness and poverty.    (donate to Cara here)
His family loved that our painting captured him clapping out of time, (as usual) and he's right there with the transformation he brought to hundreds of people in Chicago.
Create art with us​

You don't want a casket or urn, but you still want a way to honor and remember your person with art? Work with us to create a piece of Original Art on canvas that captures the light and soul of your person. That truly represents their vibrancy and passion.

What would you have, to remember them by, if you could have anything you wanted?

What images, colors and family stories would speak of their life, their values, what you loved about them, the quirks that drove you up the wall but now bring a smile to your face? How you are proud of them, what they built, the impact they had on the world?

We can then take photographs to make a high resolution image for printing, which can be customized with text so that you can share your memory with friends and family, in addition to having the original work itself.

"This artwork has been such a wonderful tribute and way to remember my dad. Everyone who looks at the print goes right to my dad. There is clapping in the painting and we have some good laughs wondering how my dad was trying to keep to the beat. My dad was very talented in many things. Keeping rhythm was not his strongest suit. I think it was a wonderful gift that the art was able to capture some of that."

 - Tom Owens Jr.

DeadGorgeousBox.jpg Artist hand-painted caskets and urns in Chicago and beyond. Limited editions available for immediate purchase, happy to work with you for custom designs.
Paula Clayton: Owner, Artist
We create beautiful customized urns, caskets, and coffins, to celebrate and honor wonderful people.

Experienced professional artists help design and create an artistic story to show how you and yours bring color into the world.


Express your joy and pride in those you cherish.


Because both our clients and staff appreciate eco-safe environments and products.

Chicago and beyond

Free delivery of caskets and coffins within Chicago area (40 mile radius).   (*map)

"Paula is the essence of creativity and skill. She cares about people and their stories. She really brings it all together.

I've never understood why cemeteries are filled with basically stones that share the dates you lived and not much else. I always thought it would be great to press a button (on the grave marker) and learn about the person."

- Carol M.

This is so cool!

We were inspired by this video, made in New Zealand. Rebelliousness. Humor. Happy pride.

"Because, face it, a funeral's got to have soul!"