President, George Bush, is an artist who says Winston Churchill inspired him to take up art. Winston established the British Defence Staff in Washington to guarantee a Brotherhood would exist in order to put down a destructive force that loots and destroys art. Howard Young was a good friend of President Eisenhower who also took up art. He is the uncle of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor who encouraged Michael Jackson to take up art. Howard was a friend of Augustus John who is Ian Fleming’s kindred. Art is redeeming. These men sent other men into battle. They lost their lives. To take away anyone’s chance to be redeemed is a grave concern of mine, especially when it come to Art Redemption that is such a personal thing. It is a communion, a sacrament, the honoring of the Creator within.
When asked what led him to painting, Mr. Bush replied, “You know, in retrospect, it was longing for learning. The presidency is a great learning experience. And then all of a sudden you’re not president. And by chance I read Winston Churchill’s essay, ‘Painting as a Pastime.’ And it got me thinking about painting. And in essence, I said, ‘If that old boy can paint, I can paint.’ And so I started.”
The paintings themselves are much more than art: they are a timely message to Washington.
O’Donnell asked, “Do you want to be involved in the immigration discussion?”
At 7:33 on July 11, 2020, I sent the following e-mail to the President of the United States.
“Dear Mr. President: May I suggest a statue of President Eisenhower be included in your proposed garden. Ike was an artist who rendered a hundred or more paintings while living in your home. He helped defeat the Nazis. He bid the Monument Men to return stolen art to rightful owners. He was a good friend of art dealer, Howard Young, who is the uncle of my kin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.”
For two days I have had enlightened conversations with my friends, Keith, Ray, and Merna, who live in Springfield. We talked about how polarized our Nation has become. We have always sought the middle ground and looked for what we have in common. Yesterday we talked about Howard Young’s friendship with Ike. They hunted, fished, and swam together. They also played poker with rich and powerful men. Three hours later I discover President Eisenhower was a prolific artist who may have seen my kin Liz Taylor on several occasions. They could have fished together. My years of research have struck the motherload in regards of establishing the Artistic Dynasty that is made up of family members – the rival biographers did not find!
I believe Eisenhower is above the fray that has toppled monuments and works of art, because he destroyed the Master Race the destroyers of Caucasian culture and many minorities that were seen as inferior.
After the war President Eisenhower sought the company of men who come from humble roots. How much of an influence Howard had on Ike’s art is to be discovered. I have been puzzled as to why Michael Jackson did a drawing of George Washington and the front door to the White House. Liz encouraged Michael to take up art. Did she tell him about her connection to President Eisenhower – the artist?
Liz’s son married Aileen Getty whose family has amassed one of the largest collections of art in the world. I am going write the Getty Art Museum and suggest they have a show of Ike’s work. My late brother-in-law did the mural at the Getty Villa. My late sister, Christine Rosamond Benton was a famous artist. I was her teacher.
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