The photo used to paint Captain Jeff Francis’ portrait
Are the portraits painted from military photos?
- These are not traditional military portraits and do not conform to military standards. The portraits depict the soldiers but also show them as the families wished, earrings, tattoos and all.
- The portraits are painted primarily from candid family photos, the uniforms and berets are added.
- What may begin with a candid photo of a soldier relaxing on the beach or sharing a Christmas dinner with his/her family becomes a portrait filled with personality and alive with spirit.
Why can’t I find a soldier?
The portraits and stories are done only with the permission of the primary next of kin. We were not able to locate all of the families and as a result not all the soldiers are included in the exhibit.
How is Project Heroes® funded?
Funding came from generous sponsors, donors and a fair bit of our own money.
Who are the creators?
Susan Abma, Shairl Honey and Cindy Revell are the co-founders and artists of Project Heroes®. A team of editor, writers and French translators create the stories. A small group of volunteers help locate the families, interview, coordinate and assist with the tour.