PHIL TAYLOR - Artist & Founder of The American Fallen Soldiers Project. Phil Taylor’s artistic ability was recognized at an early age. With limited formal training and being primarily self-taught, his unique portraiture style arose through a combination of other artistic influences and self-development. In 2006 Phil’s heart and talent were put to the test when a childhood friend, Captain Blake Russell, was killed while serving in Iraq. In his effort to help the Russell family in their overwhelming grief, Phil painted a portrait of Blake as a gift. When Blake’s father received the painting, he called Phil in tears and said, “I truly feel that my son’s presence has returned home.” Mr. Russell’s reaction was confirmation that the paintings were a way to bring comfort and peace to a grieving family. From that moment, Phil and his wife, Lisa, knew their lives had changed and The American Fallen Soldiers Project was formed. With a deep conviction to bring comfort and hope to the mourning families of our fallen military, The American Fallen Soldiers Project’s mission is to honor and forever remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom while serving in our Armed Forces. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, The American Fallen Soldiers Project provides, at no cost to the families, an exquisitely framed original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality. Upon completion of the portrait, Phil Taylor personally presents it to the family during a special memorial event designed to honor the life and service of the fallen hero, honor their family, and help remind the community of the sacrifice that has been paid for our freedom. The effort to memorialize America’s fallen through Phil Taylor’s portraits has been recognized by President George W. Brush, Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, and many others. He can also be seen on the weekly television series “Brush of Honor” featured on the INSP Network. Visit BrushOfHonor.com for additional information on the TV Series Visit AmericanFallenSoldiers.com for more information about our organization
Phil's ArtPrize Entries
These are Phil's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.