President George W. Bush is adding a new title to his resume, artist.
The former president turned painter will be displaying some of his art at his presidential library in early April. The exhibit is called, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy.”
Two dozen never before exhibited portraits painted by President Bush will be the focal point of the exhibit. The show will, “educate and inform visitors about the important role leadership plays in global democracy, and will provide an insider’s view into President Bush’s unique relationships with other world leaders,” according to a press release.
The former president began painting after reading Winston Churchill’s book: Painting as a Pastime and now paints regularly, making his new pastime a central focus of his post-White House life.
President Bush, who signs his work “43”, has painted portraits of world leaders, his Scottish terrier, Texas landscapes, and a picture of Jay Leno that he gave to the talk show host when he appeared on his show last November.
“It’s a way to create,” President Bush told the Dallas News last April about why he took up painting. “I enjoy creating… You can express yourself in a way that’s unique.”