George Bush paints Putin

Former President George W. Bush is a recently self-taught, very enthusiastic artist, with a penchant for painting other world leaders he has met.  His exhibit, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” was profiled on NBC’s Today Show, where his daughter Jenna Bush Hager is a correspondent:

Bush is very modest about his skills as an artist, which he said he began learning with an app on his tablet computer, later graduating to human art instructors.  I’m no art critic, but I like the way he renders his impressions with a style partway between realistic portraits and caricature.  His favorite piece is the portrait he made of his father, but mine is the one he did of Russian president Vladimir Putin, who he described as “a person who in many ways views the United States as an enemy.”

USA Today has a side-by-side comparison between Bush’s painting and photos of his subjects.  I really like the way he made Putin look… yellow.