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April 22, 2021, 3:32 p.m. EDT

From their Texas Ranch, George and Laura Bush start at the beginning

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By Marc Myers

Former President George W. Bush, 74, is the author of “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants” (Crown). His 43 paintings and narratives are on exhibit at the Bush Center in Dallas through January 2022. His wife, Laura Bush, 74, is an author who is active in conservation and women’s rights. They spoke with Marc Myers.

PRESIDENT BUSH:  I love color. As a painter, I’m inspired by nature and by how the sun plays on the landscape during the day.

Laura and I spend most of our time in Dallas. But eight or nine times a year we get away to our Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. When we make the two-hour drive, we like to stay there for about two weeks at a time when we can.

We completed our Crawford house in 2001, just after I was elected president. After my presidency, Laura and our architect, David Heymann, conspired to add a stand-alone art studio that’s 50 steps from the house.

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