Bush on his paintings: Some people are surprised I can even read

I take "great delight in bursting stereotypes," the artsy ex-president adds

Published April 15, 2013 1:00PM (EDT)

Prolific artist George W. Bush has opened up about his paintings, which first surfaced earlier this year when hacker Guccifer released emails containing W.'s nude portraits. Since then, the world has been blessed with the former president's paintings of dogs, shells, cats, dogs, landscapes and more dogs.

In an exclusive interview with the Dallas Morning News this weekend, Bush opened up about his new hobby.

“People are surprised,” he said. “Of course, some people are surprised I can even read.”

Although he says “I enjoy creating" because "You can express yourself in a way that’s unique,” when asked why he spends so much time on challenging new hobbies, he told the paper: “You’ll have to call all the people who’ve written these books about me, who claim they know me, the psycho-babblers.”

Bush released photos of four more paintings to the Dallas Morning News, and yes, two of them are of dogs.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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