Mr. Hoppe currently calls Alamogordo, New Mexico his home, but he was born in the Philippines. He currently lives in Alexandria Virginia. He has been engaged in art since the age of seven, but began studying art full force when he was living in Western Europe. Mr. Hoppe studied art history in England, art restoration in France, fresco painting in Florence, Vatican City, and Assisi, and sculpture in Carrara. He has been asked to show his artistic work at various locations from local coffee shops to the University of Maryland to Federal Agencies, to Capitol Hill. He has conducted poetry readings from the coffee shops to the university lecture circuit. His awards for his literature are various. His first book of poetry Tears, Spirit, and Heart is available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and iuniverse.com His current book, Christina’s Rose of a Tear this book was debuted and released for the first time in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Early August 2005. This book is inspired by 40 poems that he wrote in one day, inspired by the woman to whom the book is dedicated to.