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