A Greencastle portrait artist collaborates with Hollywood to send a meaningful message across the world.
The saying, every girl needs a sparkle in her life definitely goes without saying for Nicole Troup.
“He [older brother] would start drawing and I would start copying what he was doing and ever since then it stuck with me,” said Troup.
Troup has been painting since the age of five. Now she collaborates with celebrities to spread awareness about children rescued from war in East Africa. Her most recent project, a portrait of Madeline Carroll from the recent drama, “I Can Only Imagine.’
“And you just see a lot of soul, personality in her eyes, a lot of strength,” said Troup.
She says a trip to South Africa inspired her. After seeing the devastating way of living for children who were abducted and used as child soldiers, her artistic medium of art helped children from birth to age 18 in these orphanages start important conversations about what mattered most to them.
“Some of them would paint pleasant stories, pleasant memories from their past before they had lost their families,” said Troup.
Troup donates a portion of the proceeds to one of the biggest orphanages in South Africa, Angels of East Africa, showing the healing power of art works in ways big and small.
“Just letting them know that we love them and god loves them and they’re not forgotten,” said Troup.
Check out Troup’s artwork here: