Utah Artist Honors the Fallen

 

By Shad West

Published July 10, 2007

 

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Oil painting by Kaziah Hancock of 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2006.

Photo courtesy of www.heropaintings.com

Oil painting by Kaziah Hancock of 2nd Lt. Scott Lundell, I Corps Artillery, Utah National Guard, killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2006.

MANTI, Utah A professional Utah artist is making a difference in the lives of families who lost loved ones fighting the Global War on Terror. 

Kaziah Hancock’s paintings are for families from New Jersey, Alabama, Oklahoma and even Utah.  Recently the family of Utah National Guard 2nd Lt. Scott B. Lundell, who was killed in action Nov. 25, 2006 in Afghanistan after his dismounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces, received their gift.

No family pays for the artwork. Hancock started Project Compassion and still provides the majority of the costs of running the foundation herself from raising goats on her farm and, at times, selling her own artwork, which can fetch up to $10,000.

Project Compassion, a nonprofit humanitarian organization which gifts oil portraits of fallen Americans in uniform to their families, was recently approved by the United States Department of Defense as an official partner with www.americasupportsyou.mil.

The organization provides one gallery-quality 18”x 24” original oil portrait of every American in uniform who has passed away on active duty since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to their families.

Over the last four years 320 families of fallen Soldiers from around the United States have received this unique gift from her.

"I wanted to give a gift of the heart, from one American to another," wrote Hancock on her Web site. "A gift that says, 'Someone gives a damn. I love you. Here, it's not much, but it's painted with love of your dear one.'"