Dubya, the Painter: 'He's Pretty Fearless as an Artist'

Bush poses with Georgia artist and former instructor Bonnie Flood (left). One of Bush's many dog paintings is of Miss Beazley, his Scottish terrier.  After a hacker broke into Bush family email accounts, the internet was abuzz as photos of nude self-portraits painted by George W. Bush went viral.

Now, Bush is talking about the paintings, telling the Dallas Morning-News that he likes to shake up stereotypes.

“It’s a way to create,” Bush said to Tom Benning in the exclusive interview. “I enjoy creating. You can express yourself in a way that’s unique.”

“People are surprised,” Bush told the paper. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”

Bush's instructor, Gail Norfleet, gives Bush painting lessons once a week. Bush paints daily, and according to Norfleet, he paints a lot of pets, landscapes and still-lifes.

“He’s pretty fearless as an artist,” she said, noting that a recent painting of Barney was “a good painting because it was painted with affection.”

More from the interview:

Asked why a semi-retired 66-year-old is spending his free time on frustrating and potentially humiliating activities like mountain biking, painting and golf, Bush laughed.

“I don’t know,” he said. “You’ll have to call all the people who’ve written these books about me, who claim they know me, the psycho-babblers.”

Source: Talking Points Memo

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