President George W. Bush to Have First Gallery Showing

Former President George W. Bush

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updated 02/25/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET

originally published 02/25/2014 AT 5:30 PM ET

President George W. Bush will show over two dozen paintings this April at his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas.

Featuring work that has never before been exhibited, The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy, explores “the relationships that President George W. Bush forged with world leaders to shape international policy and advance American interests abroad,” according to the announcement by the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

The former president dedicated himself to the hobby after leaving office in 2009, says CNN.

“I do take painting seriously. It’s changed my life,” Bush said in 2013 on The Tonight Show, before giving Jay Leno a portrait of himself.

Apart from painting Leno, President Bush has, in the past, focused on dogs and cats as his subject matter.

“He started off painting dogs. I think he said he painted 50 dogs,” one of his painting teachers, Bonnie Flood, told FOX 5 Atlanta last year.

On Leno, Bush said that he told a painting teacher, “There’s a Rembrandt trapped in this body. Your job is to find it.”


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