Bush Takes Up Painting: Opera-Singing Next?

George W. Bush is glad his paintings are confounding his critics. “People are surprised,” he told the Dallas Morning News about the recently disclosed paintings. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.” Bush, who said he takes “great delight in bursting stereotypes,” started painting about a year ago. When a friend of his wife’s told him he had some talent, Bush was initially skeptical, but came around to the hobby after reading “Painting as a Pastime,” written by Bush hero Winston Churchill. Bush now takes lessons once a week and mostly paints pets, landscapes and still lifes.

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