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Art from the Heart

Kaziah Hancock in her studio
Kaziah Hancock in studio (Photo credit: The U.S. Army)

I have never  met Kaziah Hancock but I know that she has not had an easy life.  It shows.   It’s written all over her work, her face, her generosity ….and her compassion.  A little research affirmed that the Four Foundations had been hard at work.

Kaziah, known as the goat woman, is a survivor.  A survivor of a difficult birth, a difficult life and, most recently, of cancer. Her journey to overcome adversity started on ‘day one.’ One needs to know little about  being either an artist or a farmer to see the influence of discipline and hard work on her art. But it’s her attitude and commitment to giving that makes her story so compelling.

When it comes to giving, a lot of people focus on what they don’t have. They sell themselves short. They believe that one person can’t make a difference. Clearly, they haven’t seen this story: one woman made a decision to do something within her power to help heal some of the deepest wounds inflicted by war.

She lovingly paints memorial portraits for parents whose children have been killed in action. What began as an act of kindness from one person to another has grown into Project Compassion — art from the heart.

In the face of the overwhelming grief, waste and despair that is any war, Kaziah found a way to bring some love and perhaps some comfort to parents with broken hearts.

See more of her work and learn more of her story here.


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