Former President George W. Bush is set to release a new book Tuesday featuring oil paintings of wounded warriors he has gotten to know personally over the years.
The 192-page book titled, “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors,” will include 64 of the 98 portraits Bush painted over the past year of wounded warriors he met through the Bush Institute, Axios reports. Precluding the former president’s work are two forewords by former First Lady Laura Bush and former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace.
All of the proceeds from the book will go to the Bush Institute’s programs to help veterans, like the Institutes Military Service Initiative.
On Veterans Day, Bush posted on Facebook: “Over the past several months, I’ve painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I’ve gotten to know – remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders. I think about them on #VeteransDay and every day.”
Since leaving the Oval Office, Bush has taken to painting as his new passion in life. The former president reports he paints four hours a day, and began his hobby in 2014 after contemplating how he could “live life to the fullest,” after leaving the White House.
After reading Winston Churchill’s essay, “Painting As A Pastime,” the former president says he became inspired to try it. He began his painting career by painting portraits of close friends and family members, but eventually went on to paint portraits of those he worked with in the White House and world leaders. Wounded warriors are just the latest muse for Bush’s newly found creative outlet.
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