The paintings will be part of the former president's first solo art exhibition, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opening this month at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.
The exhibition, which opens Saturday and runs through June 3, will feature two dozen never-before-exhibited portraits created by Bush, as well as personal artifacts, photographs and other items that will tell the story of his relationship with international leaders.
During Friday's interview, Bush showed portraits he had created of
"I hope they take it in the spirit in which these were painted in," Bush told his daughter, referring to the world leaders depicted in the portraits. "That was the spirit of friendship and that I admire them as leaders and was willing to give it a shot in terms of getting people to see how I felt about them."
The brief interview with the former president included a visit from his mother, former First Lady
Since leaving the
Bush signs his paintings "43" -- a reference to his term as the 43rd U.S. president from 2001 to 2009. The former president went on NBC's