Floyd D. Hopper was born in Martin County, Indiana. He earned a scholarship to complete a four-year certificate from the John Herron Art School in 1933 and returned to the school for two more years to complete his B.F.A. in 1940.
While at Herron, he was influenced by the American Scene paintings that were popular during the depression years of the 1930s, which featured people at work and play in glazed gray tones. By 1970, he preferred to paint landscapes, buildings, and street scenes in watercolor.
Floyd Hopper was known as Indiana's premier watercolorist at the time of his death and was given the title of "Father of Indiana Watercolor" by the Indiana legislature soon after.
He exhibited work in every Hoosier Salon show from 1935 to 1967, except during the war years. His works are held in the collections of Indiana University, Ball State University, DePauw University, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Floyd D. Hopper 1909-1984