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Kaziah Hancock
President
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)
projectcompassion@manti.com

Project Compassion has made the portrait request process as easy as possible for our heroes' loved ones. Yet, we need you to do your part.

Project Compassion prefers that portraits be requested by the designated next of kin of a fallen American military service or law enforcement member who has passed away in active service since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, regardless of the location or circumstances of death. If the mother or father of the fallen hero is not the designated next of kin, they may also request a portrait. We recognize this an emotional time for loved ones left behind. We generally do not accept portrait requests from friends, associates, community organizations, neighbors and relatives who are not designated primary next of kin, except in special cases. This is to help ensure that those who are not entitled to this valuable work of art do not acquire it at the expense of the next of kin. It is our view that every fallen hero deserves to be honored and remembered and we will make every effort to that end.

We deeply regret that Project Compassion is not funded for portraits of heroes who do not meet the above requirements, such as those who have served in military conflicts prior to 9/11/2001, firefighters, border patrol, accident or murder victims, etc. However, Project Compassion artists welcome inquiries for commissioned portraits of such persons (see: Contact Project Compassion Artists, below).

The following material must be submitted to Project Compassion via certified or registered U.S. Mail, FedEx or UPS, which next of kin will need to keep to verify receipt or track the status of portrait request submissions. Project Compassion no longer accepts portrait requests and photos via email, and will not search and download online photo albums, tribute websites, memorial programs, videos, or newspapers in lieu of our submission requirements.

  • A minimum of three (3) high-resolution, quality color photographs of your fallen hero. Head and face images are especially important. The images do not have to be in uniform, at your discretion. Please write the name of the fallen hero on the back of each photo.
  • A brief note providing the fallen hero's full name, rank, branch of service/department, hometown, state, name and shipping address (no P.O. boxes, please) for receipient of the completed portrait, including phone number (required by shipper).
  • OPTIONAL: Any other supporting material you wish to share with Project Compassion about your fallen hero and his loved ones.

Due to the volume of portrait requests, Project Compassion does not accept requests for a specific artist to create individual portraits to prevent the overburdening of any one artist. All of our artists are gallery-represented, award winning and/or published portrait professionals who have been accepted to Project Compassion on the basis of a rigorous application and review process to meet our extremely high standards.

Project Compassion does not create or provide serigraphs, prints or reproductions of original portraits. Those who are interested in frameable duplicates of Project Compassion portraits should contact their local professional photography studios, service bureaus or FedEx/Kinko's for information on available reproduction or reprint options.

Kaziah Hancock
President
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)
projectcompassion@manti.com


"Mocha Days" print is available for $100 donation. Click here to view print.

The American Legion Auxiliary, the largest patriotic women's service organization in the world with over 900,000 members, noted in awarding Project Compassion its 2007 Public Service Award: "Project Compassion struck a chord with us: healing through art... [and] the understanding and knowledge that the arts, in any form, have a curative value. Art can heal the soul and the mind. Project Compassion is helping our military families cope with a tragic loss [and] ...the wounds of their service to our nation." Every one of the thousands of calls, letters, cards, and emails which have poured into Project Compassion from around the world confirm the need for Project Compassion, a need we ourselves never imagined was so profound until we simply began sending portraits to soldiers' families, one at a time. Project Compassion is our privilege, the privilege of knowing we have actually made a difference in the lives of military families for generations to come.

As the word spreads about Project Compassion and we reach increasing numbers of loved ones of our fallen, our material expenses required to serve them continues to also grow. Whether for art supplies, essential office supplies and services such as shipping, or to help offset our modest travel expenses for the community and service presentations that frequently come our way, every dollar, in-kind gift and gesture helps us. We're proud of our careful management of your generosity, and you can designate your donation to any aspect of our organization you wish. Remember because Project Compassion is a permanent, certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization, your gifts are tax-deductible. For every $25.00 donation made, you can sponsor - in part - a painting of a fallen hero. Your name will be attached to a card as a sponsor of that painting and will accompany the portrait when it is sent home to the hero's family. We're so honored by your partnership in the greatest service of all, an enduring gesture of love and appreciation to Americans who have given the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

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Check or money order:
(Payable to: Project Compassion Soldier Fund, Inc.)
Wells Fargo Bank
Attention: Ms. LuAnn Greenwell, Branch Manager
106 West Main Street
Mount Pleasant, Utah 84647
Phone: (435) 462-2473

Corporate Sponsors and Foundations: We seek quality grants of all sizes, whether one-time or in perpetuity. The unique Project Compassion mission encompasses an unusually wide and flexible range of funding areas including, but not limited to, the arts, public and community service, families and children, military survivors, law enforcement, mental health through the healing power of art as humanitarian service, and education. Because we provide portraits to next of kin in all U.S. states and territories, Project Compassion qualifies for localized grants. Corporate in-kind sponsorship for all or part of our ongoing material expenses is also greatly needed. With fully developed grant application materials at hand, Project Compassion will respond swiftly and thoroughly to all grant application invitations.

Kaziah Hancock
President
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)
projectcompassion@manti.com

Our media friends, broadcast, print and Internet are true Project Compassion partners in seeing, telling and sharing our story, both to those next of kin we're trying to reach, and to tens of millions of others who are simply inspired to believe in human kindness, no strings attached. Milliions of viewers, listeners and readers have enjoyed interviews with Kaziah, watched as she paints another portrait of a fallen American hero at her goat ranch in central Utah, "met" some of the wonderful families who receive Project Compassion portraits, and contacted us to find out how they, too, might become a Project Compassion artist or form a similar humanitarian effort. We welcome inquiries from all media, large or local, and gladly work with you as needed for interviews, background and images to support the story you envision. We love you guys, and we're here to help you, too. We invite you to download and enjoy selected award-winning media on Project Compassion at our online News/Media page.

John Lowery
Spokesperson
A Retired U.S. Marine
projectcompassion@manti.com

Sandi Hubert Folsom
Volunteer CEO for Fundraising
(334) 356-7624

Kaziah Hancock
President
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)
projectcompassion@manti.com

The requirements to become a Project Compassion artist are specific and rigorous, but the rewards are profound and we have never had a Project Compassion artist resign, once accepted. Artists must have a print portfolio of 10 to 12 completed samples for review upon request, and if accepted work at a consistently high, gallery-level standard of proficiency of portrait work in oils on 16"x20" canvas. In addition, artists must be able to create and ship a minimum of one finished, framed canvas per week. Project Compassion reimburses artists for all material expenses, plus a modest stipend per painting, as well as from national recognition as a member of this extremely special group through our online and public materials and honors. To apply, please e-mail Kenna at projectcompassion@manti.com and title the email "Interested Artist". Make sure to include your name, phone number, e-mail address, home address, and website if you have one. Do not send additional information or digital samples as email attachments unless requested to do so. Please do not send your applications and/or artwork, copies of your artwork, etc. Any Resume or art samples will not be returned. Final qualification of Project Compassion artists is made by Kaziah Hancock, Founding Artist.

Project Compassion
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)
projectcompassion@manti.com

We welcome questions, correspondence and commission inquiries to the Project Compassion artists. All of our artists give of their time and talent apart from their professional, and personal, lives for Project Compassion. At any given time, all of our artists are working on between 25 and 40 paintings for Project Compassion and, together, they ship an average of 40 paintings per month to the next of kin of our fallen heroes. To protect their time, please direct your inquiries to any of our artists, including Kaziah, to our office. Your message will be forwarded immediately for a personal reply from the artist.

Kaziah at West Point Kaziah Hancock - With an honorable release as a disabled veteran my father passed away one week before I was born. My Mother raised five children on the Army pension check so I've always had respect for the deceased.

I love art. Art has the power to change the mood and disposition by allowing me to enter another realm where life is good. I realized the kind of art that I wanted in my home was totally out of my reach unless I could unlock the secrets of the master painters to tap into their genius. I have studied the works of many masters looking for the common denominators of what makes that work extraordinary. I have been influenced by all of them. But my work is not like any of them. Twenty six years in this endeavor I have tried many different styles and techniques and of course color combinations and compositions some bold, some paintings like a whisper. Some of the people that know me consider me a genius others a dumb ass for not being consistent with one style but I refuse to settle into just one frame of mind. If work becomes repetitious and potentially boring, I don't do boring! Not in life or art! Kaziah with one of her goats By my pursuing pure raw gut instinct along with the principals of art, life always presents options of opportunity. After all, I am not trying to impress anyone. I am not running for any office or asking anyone to serve me. All I want is the freedom to live my American dream on my ranch with my previous goats, cats, chickens, ducks, geese and my golden lab, Cookie, in the hope that the art I create will bless the lives of those who come to own a Kaziah original.

I started painting fallen military heroes in March of 2003 as a simple act of kindness to honor the honorable, to say to the families that someone gives a dam. Although I have never met the soldier or their families in life, I have come to meet some of the highest quality of human beings and that by knowing them and the high cost in human lives for all that we have in America, I try not to waste anything. Not time, food, clothing or my mind. I am very frugal so that I can afford to be generous. Life is too short for all of us so when I join the fallen military heroes I want to have a clear conscience when I give them a hug. They have my respect, my heart, so of course I continue to give them my hands.

View my resume.

Clarence DeVries - Clancy was born in Havre, Montana of Dutch and German heritage and moved to California in 1937. He married his wife Ruth in 1959 and they have two sons, David & Scott, and three grandchildren. Clancy is a Korean War Veteran 1951-1955 (Navy) and also participated in the 1957 Atomic Bomb Tests on the Island of Eniwetok Atoll in the south pacific.

Clancy had his own Manufacturer's Representative business for 23 years. Clancy is self-taught and has been painting portraits professionally since 1958 starting on Balboa Island, California. He has many of his paintings in homes and businesses through-out the United States as well as abroad.

Anne Marie Oborn - Born in Pocatello, Idaho, Anne Marie Oborn has been married to Garth Oborn for thirty-seven years (also a well known landscape artist). She now has four married children and is a grandmother to twelve grandchildren. She has a bachelor of arts from Idaho State University in Consumer Economics Education but found that her interst in the visual arts was not to be supressed! Additional study was then taken at University of Utah, Utah State ISU and workshops in the field of visual arts from several teachers.

Presently she is a signature member of Oil Painters of America, a member of Plein-air Painters of Utah and of course the second signature member of Project Compassion. Also she has been a member of the Portrait Society of America and AAWA.

Her emphasis and influence comes from her mentor, Sergei Bongart a Russian Master Painter who escaped from there and eventually bought Nicoli Fechen's (one of the Taos 7) home in Santa Monica, CA. In past years she has assisted Ovanes Berberian with his Russian impressionist workshops and now teaches workshops with two fellow artists called the "Troika" She has also studied in St. Petersburg under Egor Vadimavich Petrov and her web site is anneoborn.com. Her home is now in Bountiful, Utah where she met Kaziah at the Utah State Fair and was invited to paint for the Project.

JoAnne Musser - Biography coming soon!

Layne Brady - Layne Brady's interest of art started at a very young age. He graduated from Utah State with an art major. For the next 14 years, Layne worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. He continued his fine art education taking workshops from Masters such as Richard Schmid, Zhang Wenzin and portrait artist, Daniel Green.

Layne said, "Learning to paint and sculpt is an ongoing process and I will be a student for life. I don't have any deep philosophical messages or reasons for painting. I paint and sculpt because I must. I try to record the beauty around me.

My hope is that the feelings and emotions that stir me for any given subject might be felt by the viewers and somehow enrich their lives."

Layne currently lives in Draper, Utah with his beautiful wife and their five wonderful children.





©2003-2010 Project Compassion Soldier Fund, Inc. No part of this website or its contents may be reproduced without prior written permission. Major funding for Project Compassion has been provided by The James R. Greenbaum, Jr. Family Foundation and Disabled Veterans of America. Project Compassion is a privately-funded, politically unaffiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization founded in 2003, serving the loved ones of American military and law enforcement casualties in active service throughout the world since September 11, 2001. An official partner of the United States Department of Defense, Project Compassion's sole mission is healing families of our fallen through art.