WASHINGTON, DC (WGME) – Visitors and residents alike took a moment out of their day to stop by George H.W. Bush’s official portrait in Washington, D.C., taking something with them, and leaving something behind.
Bush’s official portrait is set in the White House, wearing a striped navy suit and red tie.
The light is typical of the artist, Ronald Sherr, who painted the portrait a year after Bush left office. Visitors Thursday say Sherr captured much more than his likeness.
Contrasting the light is a dark velvet cloth, representing the nation's loss.
Next to the portrait is a book of reflection. Visitor Amanda Britt wrote down her gratitude.
“’Thank you for a life of leadership and modeling what it means to combine honor, humor and heart,’ I think those things he characterized really well,” Britt said.