Photo by Grant Miller
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March 02, 2017 at 11:59 AM EST

Even presidents can have hidden talents. Case in point? President George W. Bush, in the years since he left office, has taken up painting — and his portraits of service members who have served the United States since 9/11 are captivating.

The portraits — along with each subject’s personal story, written by President Bush — are collected in a new book called Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriorson shelves now.

“I painted these men and women as a way to honor their service to the country and to show my respect for their sacrifice and courage,” President Bush writes in the book’s introduction. “I hope to draw attention to the challenges some face when they come home and transition to civilian life — and the need for our country to better address them.”

Below, EW shares seven of President Bush’s arresting pieces from Portraits of Courage. And if you find yourself in Dallas, Texas between March and October, you can see the actual portraits on display at an exhibition at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Courtesy George W. Bush from Portraits of Courage (Crown)

Sergeant Daniel Casara
U.S. Army, 1994 – 2008
Oil on gesso board, 14″x18″

Courtesy George W. Bush from Portraits of Courage (Crown)

Lance Corporal Timothy John Lang
U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-2010
Oil on stretched canvas, 24″x36″

Courtesy George W. Bush from Portraits of Courage (Crown)

Sergeant First Class Ramon Padilla
U.S. Army, 2000-2009
Oil on gesso board, 14″x16″

Sergeant Michael Joseph Leonard Politowicz

Sergeant Michael Joseph Leonard Politowicz
U.S. Marine Corps, 2010 – Present
Oil on stretched canvas, 18″x24″

Sergeant First Class Michael R. Rodriguez

Sergeant First Class Michael R. Rodriguez
U.S. Army, 1992 – 2013
Oil on stretched canvas, 24″x36″

Courtesy George W. Bush from Portraits of Courage (Crown)

Lieutenant Colonel Kent Graham Solheim
U.S. Army, 1994 – Present
Oil on stretched canvas, 30″x30″

Courtesy George W. Bush from Portraits of Courage (Crown)

Sergeant Leslie Zimmerman
U.S. Army, 2001-2004
Oil on stretched canvas, 20″x24″

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