Former President George W. Bush told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that taking up painting since leaving office has been a life-changing event.
“I love to paint. It is — painting has changed my life in an unbelievably positive way,” Bush said.
Painting, Bush explained, has allowed him to keep learning. “I mean, some guy one time said to me, ‘Man, you deserve to rest.’ And I don’t wanna rest. I wanna live life to the — I wanna follow the example of President 41 and, you know, sprint into the grave,” he said. He described painting as being “eye-opening for me. I mean, I look at colors differently and I see shadow.”
Bush defended one particular painting that leaked on line months ago of his own feet in a bathtub.
“By the way, that’s not that easy to paint, water hitting water just so, you know, and the perspective… It’s a beauty, isn’t it?” he said. “It may reflect my precocious nature, me painting myself in a bathtub,” he joked, as if he were an art critic.