Val Thompson is a Sunderland lady who has a passion for painting. Ash2art was formed after the idea for a painting incorporating ash was proposed by her brother Jim. A relation lost her husband and was wanting something special to remember him by. She fondly recollected John having “sundowners” in his deckchair enjoying the sunset in their favourite cove. When she was presented with the painting she was delighted.
Val and her paintings were featured in a documentary called ash to diamonds on Channel Four