Commissioned painting for Barbara Bush at the CBE

The late Barbara Bush was the guest speaker for the Calgary Board of Education in 2003. I was commissioned to paint a bear to present to her for the occasion. This was one tricky painting to paint under the crazy pressure I felt just because of who it was for. Barbara Bush was a very eloquent speaker, and later, after the painting was patted down by security, she kindly invited me up for a photo with her.