- The Washington Times - Monday, April 15, 2013

Former President George W. Bush says people can’t believe he can actually paint — but then again, some can’t even believe he can read.

“People are surprised,” he said in the Dallas Morning News about his paintings, which have been well received in art circles. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”

Mr. Bush even was surprised initially when he learned that art critics were taking his paintings seriously, Politico reported. But he’s honed his skill considerably over the past year and now takes “great delight in bursting stereotypes,” he said, as Politico reported.

The former president mostly paints pets, landscapes and still lifes, Politico reported, and takes lessons once a week.

“I don’t know,” he said in the Dallas Morning News when asked why he spends so much time on it. “You’ll have to call all the people who’ve written these books about me, who claim they know me, the psycho-babblers.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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