Our Staff


Phil Taylor

Artist and Founder

Phil Taylor moved to Texas with his parents and two siblings as a young child. His ability to draw and paint was recognized at an early age and, after completing high school, he began working with visual artist Brad Smith, graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago. During this apprenticeship Phil learned large-scale mural execution, graphic design and portraiture. His other artistic influences included Patrick Nagel and Dennis Mukai. This combination of influences and self-development ultimately resulted in Phil’s unique portraiture style of black and white tones with color accents. Some of his portraits include musicians Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Hutchence and Keith Urban, with commissioned works including PGA Golf Champion Nick Price, actress Janine Turner, and musician Larry Gatlin. Currently Phil works and resides in Carrollton, Texas with his wife of over 20 years and their three daughters.


Lisa Taylor

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Lisa manages many aspects of The Project and National Gallery, including the day to day operations, coordinating the portrait presentations and working closely with the families.


Jacqueline Trotter

Jacqueline joined the team in July 2016 with 8 years of  Non Profit experience. She helps manage many components of The Project, including running the day-to-day operation of the National Gallery, helping prepare for portrait presentations and providing support to the families.


Shawn Willis

Graphic Design & Web Master

Shawn, owner of 806 Designs, is the designer of The Project’s collateral print material and is the web master for this site.