College Station artist shares fond memories of George H.W. Bush

Posted at 9:28 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 22:36:41-05

People across the county are remembering our 41st Commander-in-Chief.

The Texas A&M community, in particular, has lost an important member of their Aggie family. 

Benjamin Knox has done a lot of artwork over the years, but no project compares to what he did for 41.

In 1997, Knox began drawing for the George H.W. Presidential Library.

It started off with a black and white picture that would be used for a commemorative stamp. It grew to a few dozen works over two decades.

Knox spent a lot of time with Bush over the years, but he always referenced photos and videos of the president to capture as many details as he could in his art.

"He had eyes that would stare right into you and he was very warm and friendly," Knox said. "He would shake your hand and really ask about you."

He worked hard to incorporate his spirit into each piece as well.

"Kind of a sense of humor, strength, humility, all of the attributes that made up who President Bush was," Knox said.

Knox's gallery shows the former president at some of his happiest moments. One shows him being welcomed into Aggie Land, holding hands with his wife of 73 years.

"You could tell they were very comfortable with each other," Knox said. "They had a very funny sense of humor when they were together."

An American flag can also be found in each picture to go alongside the patriot who lives on in the hearts of many.

"He definitely lived a full, fantastic life," Knox said. 

If you would like to see Benjamin Knox's gallery in person, more information can be found here

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