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Frequently Asked Questions

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.