Posted: Fri, April 4 2014 at 1:36 PM, Updated: Fri, April 4 2014 at 1:42 PM
(Today Show) Former president George W. Bush unveiled his paintings of world leaders during an interview with daughter Jenna Bush Hager on the TODAY Show on Friday.
Bush’s paintings of leaders like Putin, former British prime minister Tony Blair and the Dalai Lama are on display this month as part of an exhibit called "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush, 67, started painting after leaving the White House in 2009, first piquing his own interest with the iPad app Penultimate and then hiring an instructor to improve his technique.
"Who woulda thought it?'' he said. "I was little reluctant to put them out [publicly], because I'm not a great artist. I don't want people to think I'm a great artist. On the other hand, I did want to refresh the Bush Center. I want people to come and visit us. We view ourselves as a place where people can learn."
His favorite portrait is the one he painted of his father, former president George H.W. Bush, which made him emotional.
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