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KSMU Takes a Closer Look at Local Artists Beginning With Local Painter Jane Troup

During July, KSMU is profiling local artists as a part of a series on artistic expression and inspiration. We begin with local artist Jane Troup. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, she has been painting since she was a little girl. Her work has won awards in several different states and has had her work in many publications including a national magazine. Drawing upon nature, Troup has made quite a name for herself. In our first artist profile, KSMU's Jana Greer takes a closer look at Jane Troup.

Jane Troup lives in a 1915 craftsman-style home in Springfield where she lives with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and one very large cat named pumpkin. Her living room is filled with lots of natural lighting and the walls are covered with her vibrant paintings. On this day she is dressed in a white shirt and blue pants while one of her dogs stretches out in front of a large window.

Troup grew up in a small town in north-eastern Pennsylvania, spending a lot of time playing in the woods with her three sisters. Troup says being outside and being in nature has always been her inspiration.

Troup has her own special style of painting. She says she likes to observe nature and show not only what she sees, but what she feels.

With all the unrest in the world, Troup says she strives to give peace and comfort with her paintings. She does this by using the principles of Feng Shui.

Troup has a love for art and a love for animals and has used her talent to bring the two together. She has been very successful doing pet portraits for pet owners. She says it is her way to help people appreciate art.

Troup says that she hopes that her art is playing a significant role in the world.

Troup plans to continue what she loves to do best by painting nature and pets, but is also branching out by putting her work on note cards and having them distributed nationally. If you would like to experience Troup's art work yourself she is having a show this Friday at the art walk at the Gillioz Theatre.