Jeff Troupe
I have dreamed of making my living creating landscape oil paintings since I first picked up the medium growing up in Napa, California.  At the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, I was introduced to plein air painting in the California Impressionist style by notable artists Brian Blood and Randall Sexton.  The bold, expressive brushstrokes and vibrant color that characterize this style appealed to me instantly and heavily influences me to this day.
I earned my BFA in Computer Animation and began creating artwork in the computer games industry shortly thereafter.  I enjoyed working in a creative capacity during that time, but I always felt that my true calling and God-given abilities resided in my oil painting creations.  After nine years in the industry with many game titles to my credit, I abandoned the 'safe' career track and dedicated myself to my fine art career.  This was a difficult decision but the rewards have been immeasurable.  In 2013, my wife and I went against the grain and conventional wisdom, and moved away from the Bay Area to Alturas California, a lightly populated frontier town in the north east corner of the state.  The following year we continued north and realized our dream of living in the Flathead Valley region of Montana. 
With the congestion of the Bay Area hundreds of miles away, I have a closer connection with the outdoors and endless inspiration for my work.  The area’s majestic peaks, big skies, and rustic barns, have a striking beauty all their own.   It is truly the most beautiful place I have ever been and the warmth of the people here have made us feel instantly at home.  I paint outside almost daily and utilize those studies, along with photographic references, to complete larger scale works.  Being outside and immersed in my subject matter is the most thrilling thing to me about landscape painting.  You know you've succeeded when someone says about your work that they 'can almost smell the fallen needles beneath the pine trees' or 'can hear the gurgling of the meandering brook'. I love how the landscape changes before your eyes. Sometimes a new cloud formation will roll by and golden sunlight will break through and illuminate a distant ridge.  A hawk may land on a rotting tree stump and be just the inspiration you were looking for to tie the piece together. 
My goal is to surprise and delight the viewer by sharing the unique way in which I see the world around me.  I hope you enjoy my work. 

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Bigfork, MT 59911
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