Popoff died in March 2015 at age 65 as a result of multiple myeloma, a cancer that starts in plasma cells.
A memorial fund for the late artist aims to donate one of Popoff’s pieces to the University of Saskatchewan’s permanent collection. In addition to completing her BFA, MFA and MEd at the institution, she also went on to be a sessional lecturer and instructor there.
Anne McElroy, one of the fund’s creators and a fellow artist, said Popoff was a true painter.
“She wasn’t a Sunday painter. She wasn’t a painter who painted for other people. She painted because she couldn’t help herself. She was what they call a painter’s painter,” she said.
Popoff’s paintings often used imagery from her garden and home, but added her own whimsical, abstract style. McElroy admired Popoff’s work, which featured a “lovely sense of colour”.