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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. While we are depicting them as soldiers we are also showing them as the families wished, and if that means including earrings etc. then we are happy to do it.
  • The portraits are painted primarily from 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 have not been 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.

Do families get a copy of the portrait?

Yes, families will get 2 free prints of their soldier’s portrait.