The American Fallen Soldiers Project is proud to welcome artist Jonathan Stasko to the team. Stasko will be joining artist Phil Taylor to honor and comfort families of our fallen military through their art.
The idea behind this partnership goes back to an email that artist Phil Taylor received from Mr. Stasko. In the email, Stasko wrote, “The mission you have undertaken must be overwhelming at times in every way, but is evident your portraits have touched the lives of their recipients and affirmed the irreplaceable value of art to mankind in a way I have seldom seen. Who more deserve to experience the joy of receiving such a gift as those Gold Star families who have sacrificed and endured so much for our sake. Thank you for identifying this need and using your talents to meet it in a unique and rich way.”
Jonathan went on, “My personal goal with art is not to create for the shallow purpose of self-expression, but rather to effectively communicate a message from the heart that will point others to truth and impact them in a constructive way.”
Those words struck a chord with Phil and he immediately reached out to Jonathan. Shortly thereafter, Jonathan was asked to paint a portrait on behalf of The American Fallen Soldiers Project. Recently, during Sky Ball XIII, Jonathan had the honor to present the family of Air Force Captain Joel Gentz, KIA 6.9.2010, with their portrait. Coming from a grateful nation and the American Fallen Soldiers Project, the presentation and portrait were a great success.
About Jonathan Stasko: He lives in Upstate New York, has both a bachelors and masters degree in Commercial Art, and has been recognized by Southwest Art magazine’s 21 under 31 young emerging artists of 2012. He is also a Gold Medal winner from the Oil Painters of America.
A fundamental part of Jonathan’s philosophy is that art should be constructive in its purpose. He believes one of art’s virtues is its ability to raise humankind higher in its understanding of the infinite and deeper in its compassion for one another. Jonathan’s desire is to enrich and inspire the lives of those who view his art, as he strives to visually communicate truth and love. This philosophy and purpose fits perfectly with the message and mission of The American Fallen Soldiers Project.
The American Fallen Soldiers Project and artist Phil Taylor are excited and proud to be partnering with Jonathan Stasko. Together, we look forward to honoring families and their sacrifices with the comfort that portraits of their loved ones can provide.
You can learn more about American Fallen Soldiers project and all we do to support Gold star families at www.americanfallensoldiers.com.