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George W. Bush: From President to Painter

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FILE - This Nov. 19, 2013 photo released by NBC shows former President George W. Bush, left, with host Jay Leno during "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Bush showed off his painting and his granddaughter and poked fun of his post-White House years.

FILE - This Nov. 19, 2013 photo released by NBC shows former President George W. Bush, left, with host Jay Leno during "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Bush showed off his painting and his granddaughter and poked fun of his post-White House years.

Former U.S. president George W. Bush has a new title to add to his resume: painter.

The subjects of his paintings? World leaders - a theme he knows well.

Bush's portraits go on display in his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas Saturday.

The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," will feature his paintings of world figures he worked with during his presidency from 2001 to 2009, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Bush began his painting hobby two years ago. In an interview on NBC with his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, who works for the network, Bush said although he does not think he is a great artist, "a whole new world has opened up" for him.
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