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Past Summit Health CEO Norm Epstein, left, and Waynesboro Hospital employee Nicole Troup, right, display her completed portrait of Epstein in front of the hospital.

Waynesboro Hospital employee paints portrait in honor of past Summit Health CEO Norm Epstein

10/16/2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Waynesboro Hospital employee Nicole Troup has always had a passion for art. She most recently showcased her talents through a portrait of past Summit Health CEO Norm Epstein.

The portrait was presented in September to Epstein to commemorate his years of service. In it, Epstein is posed with the African landscape and an elephant in the background from a January 2011 visit to Chobe National Park in Botswana.

“She’s an exceptional artist and it’s just such an honor, especially coming from a fellow hospital employee – that makes it even more special,” he said. “Her technique and work is stunning. Every time I see it, I notice something different.”

Troup attended art school in Lancaster for illustration, but has worked extensively with oil painting as well some charcoal drawing. She enjoys painting children the most, capturing their personality within the painting.

“I love to capture a moment in time that they could never get back,” she said. “There’s something about portraits that are sentimental, which can be handed down from generation to generation.”

In addition to Epstein, Troup also has several works in private collection by local residents and is currently working on a portrait of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for her statewide art exhibit “The Faces of Pennsylvania.”

The exhibit will also include State Rep. Todd Rock and Sam Childers, of Central City, Pa., who she chose following the 2011 premiere of the film “Machine Gun Preacher” starring Gerard Butler as Childers.

Troup, who works part-time in housekeeping at Waynesboro Hospital, has been painting professionally since 2005. Following Epstein’s announcement regarding his retirement plans, she approached the Summit Health Board about doing a formal portrait.

“Originally, they wanted to do a formal portrait with him in his suit and bow-tie, but after looking at photos they decided they wanted to do something more sentimental,” she said. “This is his favorite photograph of him.”

Working from the photograph and by free hand, the process takes about three months from researching various photographs of the subject to pencil sketches of the composition before beginning to paint on the canvas.

This particular project was “confidential” throughout the whole process in order to surprise Epstein. According to Epstein, he was “shocked” at the unveiling.

“It’s just absolutely amazing. The amount of detail she put into the portrait from each blade of grass to the elephant, it’s just outstanding,” Epstein said.

Recognizing an executive or corporate official in the form of an oil painting is, in Troup’s opinion, the ultimate honor for one’s service.

“Portraits allow newcomers to the company the chance to view founders and officials and develop a sense of progression, security, and culture of the company,” she said. “There is a sense of permanence and stability in an oil painting that a photograph will never give.”

Troup is available for commissions of pets, adults, children, and formal portraits. To set up a consultation, contact Troup at nickillustration@gmail.com or (717) 331-1003.

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