After George W. Bush left the presidency, he picked up painting. Now, his portraits of military veterans are on display at The Reach at the Kennedy Center until Friday, November 15.
“We are very excited to host this exhibit,” Ellery Brown, Senior Vice President of Operations at the Kennedy Center said. “We’ve had more than 11,000 people through her since we opened. It’s been very positive and more exciting, we’ve had most of the warriors that are featured in these paintings here to visit the exhibit.”
The “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors” includes 66 oil paintings of military veterans who served our nation on September 11th. Everyone he has painted he has come to know personally.
At the exhibit, there is also an app you can download that has a recording of Bush sharing the story of each veteran shown.
“I think President Bush knows that he may have started with just creating some portraits, but he created something larger that hopefully will live on beyond him and beyond the generation that you see painted," Staff Sgt. Jack Schumacher, a veteran featured in the artwork said.
Hopefully, this is a legacy that will tie and be able to link into the generation of veterans to come.
The exhibit is free to the public.