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.
Jonathan Stasko joined The American Fallen Soldiers Project in 2015. He lives in Upstate New York with his wife and children. Jonathan 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. His 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.
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.
Senior Operations Manager
Amy joined The Project in 2012 after several years of volunteering. She has over 20 years experience with marketing and special event planning.
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.
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.