Bruce Ben Pope was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He received his BA in Business and Economics from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. During his business career he held corporate and entrepreneurial positions in New York City; Housatonic, Massachusetts; Lockport, Louisiana; and Paducah, Kentucky.
At Studio One in Gray, Louisiana, Pope studied painting under the tutelage of Dorothy Billiu-Hensche and also studied painting and drawing with artists Shelly Fink and Nellie Wren Fink in Alford, Massachusetts. His paintings are in private collections nationally and have been displayed in various shows at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky. He recently (2016) received the 1st Place Award (oils) at the 81st Women's Club of Paducah Art Show for his portrait of Lena Pope (his Mother).