Dancing Light Studio

Ohio Fallen Soldiers Tribute

Portraits of American Heroes

As artists, we have a dream of offering a unique tribute to the family of every soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice in war-time. We want to honor your loved one’s memory with a custom painted portrait. Our goal is to present a personal, hand-painted portrait to each family in Ohio who has lost a soldier in the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts. As civilians, we want to express our indebtedness for their service. Your painting is absolutely free and is offered to you with respect, admiration and gratitude, for the dedication your soldier has shown their country. If you have a loved one who was killed while on active duty and are interested in applying to receive a portrait please download the application here.

Spc. Johnathan Bryan Chism, U.S. Army was killed Jan 20, 2007 in Iraq. He was a loving son, brother and friend. At the time he died he was Spc. Johnathan Bryan Chism, 2nd Brigade 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Richardson, Alaska. He was born Nov. 28, 1984, in Baton Rouge, and lived in Prairieville. He died in Karbala, Iraq, at 22 years old, keeping the fight there so it would not come here.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Danny and Vanessa Chism, both of Belle Rose; mother, Elizabeth Chism of Prairieville; a sister, Spc. Julie Chism of Prairieville; stepbrothers, Eric and Dennis Bourg of Belle Rose; maternal grandmother, VJ Snelson of Lawton, Okla.; paternal grandfather, CB Chism of Helena, Ark.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Artist: Nora Sallows


Lt. Col Thomas P. Belkofer, age 44, of the Army's 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, New York and formerly of Perrysburg Township, Ohio died on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in a Taliban attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Artist: Nora Sallows


Chief Warrant Officer 4 Terrance Geer, 40, of Fort Campbell, KY died when his MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on the slopes of Mount Massive, Colorado's second-highest peak near Leadville, CO, while conducting mountain and environmental training on Wednesday, August 19, 2009.

Artist: Nora Sallows


1st Lt. Joel Christopher Las Vegas, Nevada (Formerly of Chelsea, MI) Age 25, was killed in action on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 while on a rescue mission in Afghanistan.

Artist: Nora Sallows


Sgt. 1st Class Brian K. Naseman, 36, died while serving our Country with the United States Army - 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team - 108th Forward Support Company, attached to the 2nd Battalion in Iraq on Friday, May 22, 2009. Brian was born in St. Mary's, Ohio on July 13, 1972 to Richard and Diane (nee: Schmitmeyer) Naseman. A 1990 graduate of New Bremen High School, he went on to attend Wright State University and The Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Education. Soon after, Brian began his 20-year career with the Army National Guard.

Brian enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing and shooting archery with his sons. He was a true family man who loved and cherished being with his family, friends and fellow Service Members; but most of all with his wife and children. Surviving are his heart-broken wife, Peggy; their sons, Cole and Carter, parents, Richard and Diane Naseman; sisters, Lori Buroker, Christy (Jason) Eilerman and Sandra (Scott) Wendeln;

Artist: Nora Sallows


On February 7, 2011 Sargent Patrick Ryan Carroll gave his life defending our country in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Patrick was on patrol when he fell victim to a suicide bomber. Patrick was a proud member of the 319th MI BN in Fort Bragg, NC. and he prided himself on his military association and accomplishments. Patrick was the son of James Carroll and Amy Bolding. Patrick started his life in New London, Ohio. Patrick and family resided in New London through the 7th grade. Patrick moved to Bardstown, Kentucky with his father in 1998. He played baseball, soccer, basketball, football, and was a member of SKILLSUSA. Patrick was a beloved part of the Nelson County Area Technology Center family and graduated from Nelson County High School 2003 in Bardstown, KY. Patrick followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Army in July 2005. Patrick's initial duty station was in Germany. He did an 18 month tour in Iraq before transitioning to Ft. Bragg, NC. In August 2010 Patrick and his unit were called to duty in Afghanistan. Patrick developed a broad extended family throughout his travels and was loved by all. Survivors include his father, James (Tonia Henry) Carroll; mother, Amy (Snyder) Bolding; grandparents, Edgar and Virginia Fay Carroll, Norm and Bonnie Snyder and George and Livena (Dorothy) Schworm; brothers, Dustin Bolding of Aliquippa, PA and Dakota Bolding of Fayetteville, NC; sister, Sumer Roberts of Fayetteville, NC; and his former wife, Sara (Covert) Carroll.

Artist: Nora Sallows


Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. "Chuck" Adkins, 36, was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on April 16, 2011. Adkins was deployed to Afghanistan in November, his third overseas tour during his 16 years in the Army. His two previous tours were in Iraq. His recent mission was to train Afghan soldiers at a base in the eastern part of the country. "I had a fear this time," said his mother, Sheila Good of Hudson, Mich., a few days after learning of his death. "It just wouldn't leave me." On April 16, an Afghan soldier dressed in a uniform -- a sleeper agent -- barged into a meeting between NATO trainers and Afghan military officials and set off a bomb hidden under his shirt. Adkins was among 10 people killed. "This is the most horrible, horrible thing ever," Good said. "Life will never be the same without him. It just won't. The world won't be the same without him because he was such a wonderful person." He and his wife, Sarah, a 1995 Margaretta grad, were living in Clarksville, Tenn., not far from Fort Campbell, Ky., where he had been stationed since 2002 as a maintenance supervisor with the 101st Sustainment Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. The couple had five children. Their 13-year-old son, Garrhett, is the oldest, followed by daughters Makayla, Mackenzie and Gabriella. Their year-old son, Gavin, is the youngest.

Artist: Nora Sallows


Corporal Lucas C. Scott, USMC, 1990 – 2010
Operation Enduring Freedom

Corporal Lucas C. Scott died December 3, 2010, while conducting combat operations in the Helmand providence of Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune, NC.

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in June, 2009 and was promoted to Lance Corporal March 1, 2010. He trained with 2/6 in the Mojave Desert prior to deploying to Afghanistan. He was killed by small arms fire around Marjah, Afghanistan. A few days before his death, he had been wounded by an IED explosive device, but insisted on staying with his unit. He was very proud of his Celtic heritage. He had a special set of dog tags which read, "I will be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified or discouraged, for the lord my God is with me wherever I go". Joshua 1:9. The reverse side read: United States of America, One Nation under God.

Artist: Joanne Edwards


Born: October 17, 1988
Died: April 6, 2008 in Iraq

Pfc. Shane D. Penley, 19, of Sauk Village, Illinois was the only son of David and Dena (Barrick) Penley and a 2007 graduate of Bloom Trail High School in Steger, Ill. Shane was an avid Chicago Bears Football fan and excelled in sports during high school, his speed earning him the nickname of “Flash”. Shane enlisted in the army in June 2007 and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Shane died at Patrol Base Copper, Iraq, from wounds suffered while on duty at a guard post. Penley had several awards and decorations, including: National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Weapons Qualifications, M4, expert. Shane was known for his wonderful sense of humor and was always there when eeded. His plans for the future included becoming a police officer and getting married. He was buried in Memory Lane Memorial Cemetery in Schenerville, Indiana.

Artist: Donna Barhite


Marine Lance Cpl. Steven P. Stevens II, age 23, of Tallahassee, FL, died June 22, 2012, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom
Stevens was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; he was killed while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Artist: Nora Sallows


Sgt. Lilly was killed June 14, 2012 in Afghanistan during active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom. Joseph was born on September 22, 1986 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Michael J. Lilly and the late Lilla F. Lilly. On September 7, 2007 he married Katrina J. Frailey in Waynesville, Missouri. Joseph served in the United States Army for 7 years. He was also involved in reenacting the French and Indian War. Surviving are wife, Katrina and son, Alexander; father, Michael and step-mother, Carol; brother, Thomas; step-brother, Robert Mann and step-sister, Rachel Mann; step-grandparents, Don and Carolyn Sullenberger; aunt, Martha and husband, Steve Alexander; cousins, Michele and husband Scott Warren and Justin Alexander; many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lilla in 1999.

Artist: Nora Sallows