The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 14, 2013

Cancer survivor creates art to help heal


DANVILLE — The House of Care at Geisinger will host an artist’s reception Thursday, Aug. 15, from 7-9 p.m. to celebrate local artist and cancer survivor Meaghan Troup of Mifflinburg.

Undergoing the effects and treatment of leukemia at a young age, Troup now uses her experience to influence her paintings, showing the beauty of life after fighting for her own. The House of Care will be exhibiting its piece purchased fromTroup, as well as her other artwork that will be on display. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The House of Care, located at Geisinger Main Campus, is a home away from home for adult cancer patients. Since opening in March 1984, the House provides low-cost, convenient, and comfortable accommodations for adult patients undergoing treatment at Geisinger. Although trained in a variety of media, Troup works predominantly with oil paint. Painting almost exclusively with a palette knife, her work embodies unique, energetic texture and expressive motion.

Troup enjoys this method of painting as it forces her to more acutely consider light, shadow, and colors resulting in almost impressionistic works with bold hues and dynamic vitality.

As a teenager, Troup battled with leukemia for three years.

Troup’s work has been featured at the Bare Metal Gallery in Northumberland and the Kind Cafe in Selinsgrove. Her work was accepted to the Post and Lintel Gallery and Pepper’s Gallery in Selinsgrove.  The Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center has displayed several of her pieces in conjunction with the non-for profit organization Center Stage as part of a program to beautify the hospital and provide uplifting artwork for patients to view. Troup’s relationship with this program is on-going. More recently, her work was accepted to the Bridge Gallery in Rochester N.Y. The Bridge Gallery is affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center and aims at creating a more beautiful and encouraging environment for patients. The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner’s Office at the Capital Complex in Harrisburg, exhibits 15 of Troup’s artworks on a permanent quarterly rotation.

In July, Troup won Best of Show in the exhibit “Earth and Fire” at the Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Most recently, Fero Vineyards & Winery  has eight of Troup’s paintings on display in their tasting room.

Troup works full-time as a graphic designer for Resilite Sporting Goods in Northumberland. Her artwork may be viewed online at www.meagdesign.shutterfly.com.