Popp was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. He grew up and attended school in Los Angles, Calif. This is where he learned the basics of painting and drawing while studying with California artist James Beal. When he moved to the Ozarks he found inspiration to draw and paint seriously. Now nature is the primary subject of his art, including landscapes and wildlife.
Popp said he has worked with acrylic paints for the last several years. "This has dramatically changed the style of my work," Popp said.
"They allow for a free expression directly into the paper because acrylics dry extremely fast and can be painted over almost immediately," Popp said. "A rapid layering of many colors can be quickly accomplished without the muddying common with oils." Popp explained that the viewers are meant to complete the painting by interpreting the layers of colors and random strokes of paint according to their own perception.
He has won numerous awards for his paintings, and his original works are in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States.
Major commissions include a series of original pieces for all the offices and public spaces for Sun Security Bank of Mountain Grove, Southern Bank of Missouri and Citizen's Bank of Southern Missouri. A series of portraits of the past presidents of the Cabool State Bank are to his credit.
Other corporate purchases of his works include the West Plains Bank, Daily Quill, Bank of Gainesville, Center Bank, Commerce Bank and Ozark Mountain Bank.
In 1986, Popp signed a contract with Century Marketing of Batesville, Ark., which published an open edition of lithographs of 18 of his original paintings and marketed them through Fairways Advertising. He said this gave him considerable national exposure with sales of thousands of prints.
"Chestnut Hill Gallery is proud to have Popp's artwork on display to be viewed by the community," said gallery owner Judith Cornelius. She said Chestnut Hill Gallery will be open Wednesday through Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.