Troup's take on Tayamentasachta on display

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
"Tayamentasachta, Back in the Olden Days", an oil painting by Nicole Troup of Greencastle will be part of an exhibition presented by the Franklin County Historical Society.

"Tayamentasachta, Back in the Olden Days", an oil painting by Nicole Troup of Greencastle will be part of an exhibition presented by the Franklin County Historical Society.

"Franklin County: People & Places" will show in conjunction with IceFest. The display will be held in the Minehart Lecture Hall at the Old Jail, 175 E. King St., Feb. 1 - March 1 with an IceFest reception from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

"Franklin County: People & Places" will feature works by more than 20 artists from throughout Franklin County. "We have entries by several new artists from Greencastle, Waynesboro and Chambersburg this year, and in several new mediums", said exhibit curator Anne Finucane.

"It's going to be a really interesting show!" Franklin County scenes will be represented in oil, watercolor, pastel, paper collage and paper cutting.

For more information, call 264-1667 or email

Greencastle artist Nicole Troup is the illustrator for the back cover of Waynesboro author and ER Doctor Bruce Foster's just-released second thriller novel "This Way to Paradise." It is the sequel to his first book, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," a fast-paced medical drama and crime thriller. In "This Way to Paradise," the characters, Alex Randolph and Penny Murray, are faced with a threat, sociopath Mary Anne Hampton. According to Foster, this is a "suspenseful and riveting book, darker than it's precedent, where evil descends on the two characters." The book publication party took place Jan. 17 at Gallery 50 in Waynesboro, where Troup and Foster were present.

Foster, who has been chief of emergency medicine at Waynesboro Hospital since 1985, approached the artist in the spring of 2013 with the notion to have her illustrate the cover for his book. Looking forward to this opportunity, Troup carefully created an oil painting on an 11 x 14 panel that conveyed what Foster wanted. After working with the author over a couple of months with occasional meetings, the artist worked hard to create a scene that closely matched the descriptions in the book.

The painting depicts an old manor where the protagonist, Alex Randolph and his fiancé reside, with two horses, a fence, sycamore trees surrounding the house and a gravel driveway leading the viewer's eye into the scene. The yard and bushes around the manor are well manicured, because the protagonist is a particular landscaper. While the front cover design, created by Foster himself, was meant to closely relate to the front cover design of his first book, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," the back cover summer scene at dusk, designed by Troup, was meant to emulate the overall tone of the story in "This Way to Paradise."

Troup studied at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration. Although she would love to pursue a career in illustrating books, especially children's books, her other passion in art is portraits. She is currently working locally as a portrait artist, painting and drawing custom portraits of people and pets. She was recently commissioned by Summit Health in Franklin County to paint the portrait of the retired CEO, Norman Epstein. The purpose of the portrait was to honor him for his years of service at Summit Health. Also, Troup recently met with Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Corbett to paint his portrait for her future art show, " The Faces of Pennsylvania", in which some of the portraits will represent a few famous faces from Pennsylvania.

Aside from her career as a portrait artist, she teaches private art classes in her home studio. Troup's other teaching experience includes continual painting classes at Howard's Art Store & Frames, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, The Council for the Arts and Arts Express Workshops in Chambersburg.

Troup illustrates novel