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         "... through the eyes the heart is seen in the face ..."
-- Michelangelo Buoanarroti, 1533



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Member Spotlight: Nicole Troup

Nicole works predominantly in oil and charcoal. She began creating art at a very young age while taking private art lessons as a child into her teen years. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008, Troup begin a career as a portrait artist and art instructor. After college, she extended her education by studying with acclaimed portrait artists Everett Raymond Kinstler and Michelle Dunaway.

Nicole is a professional art instructor and commissioned portrait artist. Her work is in private collections across the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Her past clients include local and national clients including WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil, Summit Health, VFW, doctors and others. She has also collaborated with former Pennsylvania Governor, Thomas Corbett, to paint his portrait.

Aside from her career as a portrait artist, Nicole teaches workshops and classes online and in museums and galleries throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and in her Greencastle, Pennsylvania studio.

Her work has won several awards and has been showcased nationally earning a finalist status in the Portrait Society of America's National competition and a semi-finalist in the Art Renewal Center International competition. In addition to being a member of MSPP, she is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of Atlanta.

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The Maryland Society of Portrait Painters is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging the development of portraiture. Membership is open to individuals and organizations interested in the art of portraiture or active in creating portraits in painting, drawing and sculpture.

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In Memorium: Michele del Pilar

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June 12, 1969 – November 15, 2022

We regretfully announce that MSPP member Michele del Pilar has passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Michele was a longtime member of The Society, and served on the board as Exhibition Chair for a number of years. She graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1991. After beginning her art career in the print and design field, she began to study painting.

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Michele spent many years studying with Cedric and Joanette Egeli at their studio in Edgewater, MD, and with other Maryland artists. She was juried into numerous exhibitions across the country, receiving honors and awards for her paintings, including an award from the Portrait Society of America's 2015 Member Competition.

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