artist wishes to acknowledge the generous
help of many during the two years of work
on these paintings.
The artist's wife, Elizabeth Sanden,
was tireless in her help and counsel.
Harold and Annette Simmons and Gerald
and Kelli Ford (all of Dallas) kindly
recommended the artist to President and
Neil W. Horstman, President of the
White House Historical Association, and
Fred Ryan, Chairman of the Board
of the Association, were generous with encouragement
William G. Allman, Curator of the
White House, allowed the Sandens to do research
and background photography in that famous
and revered house, and graciously assisted.
Ashley Hickey, Special Assistant
to President Bush, attended to a multitude
of details and provided constant liason.
David Sherzer, the President's Director
of Communications, smoothed the contact
between the project and the press. Caroline
Hickey, Ashley's sister, was always
friendly and helpful. When the project was
about halfway to completion, Ashley transferred
to New York. Her duties were assumed by
Logan Dryden, who was also a great
help to the artist, particularly when the
frame on the President's portrait was damaged
enroute to Dallas from New York.
Mrs. Bush's staff was endlessly helpful
with details and communication Anita
McBride, Charity Wallace, Katie
Harper, Molly Soper, and Anne
MacDonald all made the artist's
job easier and protected him when he stumbled.
Jodie Steck of the Bush Presidential
Center provided valuable photographic research.
David Mandel of the House of Heydenryk
in New York made the beautiful hand-carved
frame for the President's portrait. Mark
Karnett and Laurie Luczak of
APF Master Framemakers, also in New York,
made the exquisite frame for Mrs. Bush's
portrait. Craig Snodgrass of Vineyard
Frame Design in Dallas provided valuable
Cynthia Daniel carefully crafted
this website, with her customary skill and
Robert Alexander Anderson, master
artist (and longtime friend of the President
and the First Lady), provided gracious and
sensitive critiques and advice.
The artist and his wife wish to thank President
and Mrs. Bush for, first, imparting
their trust, second, giving generously of
their time, and, third, being endlessly
patient. Being granted the freedom of the
Bush home for the sittings was a great gift,
as was the honor of allowing the artist
and his wife to share the Presidential pew
at Highland Park United Methodist Church
in Dallas - a never-to-be-forgotten experience.