Kaziah Hancock
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)


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,

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

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

Kaziah Hancock
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)



“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.

Secure Online Donation:

(via PayPal)

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** If requesting a print with your donation please enter the name of the print in the comments field during Paypal checkout.


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 84647Phone: (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

Kaziah Hancock
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)


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
A Retired U.S. Marine


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

Kaziah Hancock
(435) 835-9429 (Utah)


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)


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.