Local artist remembers Barbara Bush with painting

Local artist remembers Barbara Bush with painting
(Source: WTOC)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Barbara Bush's impact could also be felt here in the Coastal Empire and Low Country. Local artist Candace Lovely had the chance to capture the former first lady using her paint and brushes.

It was like an artists dream come true for Candace Lovely when she first met former first lady Barbara Bush.

"I slowly got to learn about her," Lovely said. "She was a very down to earth woman."

Lovely says she wrote a letter to the First Lady by letter hoping to get the opportunity to paint her grandchildren.

"Then the White House calls me," said Lovey. "Mrs. Bush's secretary, Susan Porter Rose, and she wants to know if I could paint her son and how would I do that."

After a year of planning and deciding, the vision started to come to light to paint. Through the process, It brought the two close together.

"This woman giving me the opportunity to choose her dress, too," said Lovey. "Or, I also thought she didn't she didn't have her dressmaker make her a dress."

Now, Sarah Lovey is helping Barbara Bush leave behind a legacy and memory that people won't forget.

"I just couldn't write her again or I'd never get another letter. It really broke my heart," said Lovey.

Lovely says the painting was started in July of 1991 and completely finished in March of 1992.

She also says two had written letters back and forth through the years, and that the painting would be placed in the George Bush Presidential Library.

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