For those that haven’t already heard, the well-known model horse artist Judy Renee Pope passed away last night. She leaves behind her lifelong partner, Paula O’Keefe.
Judy was one of the first artists I met in the model horse community. We were active members of what was then the Mini Model Horse Association, and it wasn’t long before we struck a friendship. We shared a love of obscure Arabian horse bloodlines and weird horse colors, and I still have the lengthy letters (with side notes in Paula’s tiny print) that Judy sent as we speculated on just what historic notations about “particolor” Arabians might have meant. Judy and Paula were the first window I had into a world where others might share what I thought of at the time as my “odd interests”.
More than twenty years later, it seems impossible to me that she could be gone.
“Life is short, and there is never enough time for gladdening the hearts of those who travel this way with us. Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.” – Henri Frederic Amiel