Portraits of American Veterans Project

 Artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner

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About This Project......

The “Portraits of American Veterans Project” began in August 2009 by Algonquin artist Jeanine Hill-Soldner as a continuation of her artwork about war and veterans.  This groundbreaking exhibit incorporates original oil paintings of local American Veterans with their photographs and stories.  The Artist’s goal is to create new art about war that authentically depicts and honors the citizen soldiers and Marines that have served in foreign conflicts from the 20th to the 21st Centuries.  The lives of these men and women were defined or shaped by their experience during war or while serving in the military. After their military service.

A portrait begins with the veteran visiting the artist’s studio in Crystal Lake. The Artist quietly listens as the veterans talk about their military experience, at times, reviving long forgotten memories.  These discussions are an integral part of the process before the painting begins.  The veteran then poses in the studio for about 1½ hours while Jeanine starts the painting from life.  Digital photos are taken during the painting process; these are used as reference for completion of the painting.  Meaningful objects such as medals, uniforms, and photographs, chosen by the veteran are brought to the Artist’s studio. The memorabilia chosen to be included are carefully painted to provide key elements in the visual story telling process. The paintings and stories provide a visual dialogue, and a connection between the viewer and the veterans.   This is a healing project that aims to touch all who view the portraits and read the stories from three generations of Veterans.  

The Artist has completed 24 portraits to date. Sixteen of these were on exhibit at the GE Capital Corporate Art Gallery located in Fairfield, Connecticut from November through January in honor of Veterans Day.  This was the first exhibit outside of the Chicago area for “Portraits of American Veterans” and Jeanine Hill-Soldner is the first woman to exhibit in a solo show in the gallery.  

“The future of our Armed Services and the future of our country will be integrally linked with how we take care of our veterans." —George Washington

The Portraits of American Veterans Project is a collaboration with the Vet Art Project Chicago.  www.vetartproject.org

Upcoming and Recent Exhibits


National Veterans Art Museum

4041 North Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Dates to be determined.

2015- 16

November 2016

Sage Gallery

Lakeside Arts Park

401 Country Club Rd.

Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Reception: Friday November 4, 5-8 p.m.

November 1- January 4, 2016

Algonquin Area Public Library

2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin, IL

Ongoing Rotating  Exhibition

McHenry County Mental Health Board Gallery

620 Dakota St., McHenry, IL

Veterans Assistance Commission Office

McHenry County Administration Bldg.

Woodstock, IL

Huntley Community Radio

Jeanine is now the Host of Vet Net Radio

Listen on-line at www.huntleyradio.com

Sundays 12:00 noon and Wednesdays 5:00 pm


Contact Jeanine

Jeanine Hill-Soldner Fine Art   


“Portraits of American Veterans: A Continuing Dialogue”      Sage Gallery November 2010         Photo by Chris O’Neil

“For most subjects, Portraits of American Veterans Project is a deeply personal journey full of reflection and introspection”

“Honoring Our Heroes in Portraits” by Erica Burke, Managing Editor, McHenry County Living Magazine

“This was…an artist and a daughter dealing with a loss and dealing with something that resonates across the country.”

Ilene Richardson, Executive Producer, PBS Real Simple Television