March 5th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Former Iraq administrator Bremer now a painter

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A sample of Bremer’s art, which favors farm and country scenes."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - L. Paul Bremer, the former head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, has a new trade: painting.

Bremer has launched Web site promoting his work, mostly oil paintings on canvas or panels, depicting wintery landscapes in Vermont, where he has “an old farm house.” He’s also holding an exhibition - his second - in the Vermont town of Grafton this summer.

He said he refined his skills at a school in Glen Echo, Maryland. “I started painting about two years ago,” he said. “It’s something that always interested me.”

Bremer currently does consulting work and serves on a number of boards in the Washington area. He said he’s donating the proceeds from his sales to the Chester and Grafton Historical Societies in Vermont.

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  1. lovable liberal

    I hope I get to do something I enjoy during retirement. It's getting there that's the challenge.

    It's great if Bremer can extract some dough from his Bushist fans for charitable purposes. After all, why would he want to clutter up his house with such amateurish work?

    March 5, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    By the way, Chester Depot, VT, is really picturesque. If Bremer could paint those stone houses half as well as they're built, that would be good art.

    March 5, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. jade

    where is all that cash [tons] that disappeared while in your command? you should be in jail.

    March 5, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Is he in Therapy as well ?

    Love the red barn and the snow covered landscape !

    I miss the business suit with the camo boots look myself .

    March 5, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  5. arithmetic is liberal

    Adam @ 6:15 talking out of his posterior as usual.

    No, Adam, any liberal would consider that art.

    It is narrow minded idiots like you who are obsessed with telling people what is and isn't art based on how offended you are.

    And you really should look into why you're obsessed with homosexuality. Really. Take your trip to the Bay and be done with it already.

    March 5, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    big papa March 5th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

    John Wayne Gacy painted too…

    …hopefully, they'll meet similar ends…

    What an evil comment... Just disgusting and disturbing!!

    March 5, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    He should be painting his pictures in a prison cell along with the entire Bush administration!

    March 5, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Proud Yankee

    Is that blood from his hands or red paint in the picture?

    March 5, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. Dyan

    How very fortunate for him to still have both hands, arms and all his fingers so he can paint. Far too many of our military came home without their limbs.

    March 5, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. John

    I'm glad he knows how to do something because he sucked as administrator in Iraq.

    March 5, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  11. Tasha

    I feel like L. Paul Bremer has found something that has taking his mind off of a lot. This painting trade is not what people want to hear but everything must not be about the war. I dont see bad in anyone if he did a good or bad job in Iraq. We cant change history just learn from our mistakes.

    March 5, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  12. Anne

    @ texas teacher-Just wondering, do you consider your comment nice?

    March 5, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Nevada dude

    well he sure painted us into a corner when he was in Iraq!

    what a clown!!

    March 5, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  14. ron

    texas teacher please get your head out of your butt. Do you have any clue what this guy did to Iraq under the leadership of the idiot that lives down the street from you. He is responsible for 1000's of US deaths.
    Librals can't say anything nice because we have to put up with idoits like you electing losers like bush who has failed at everything he has ever done. So you make him the president. He has no idea how to lead so he starts a war.

    March 5, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Randy

    Same ole haters. Here is a good one get a life. I guess I should go and read most of your posts about how great life is now that BO is president. It must be nice to be unemployed and uneducated to sit around all day and type a bunch of hate.

    March 5, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  16. Freed_From_W

    Even the paintings that come from these idiots need to be worked over and polished before publishing!! What a waste of canvas.

    You deserve to be in prison.

    March 5, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Proud American

    There are some real beautiful landscapes just ready to be painted in Iraq. Maybe he could get a federal grant take a chair and paint his little heart out. Or he could take George back to Iraq and paint one of him with oil on a canvas.

    March 5, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  18. Fabian

    Come on? Let's cut him some sluck. I still remember his catch phrase when he got Saddam Hussein" Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him". I think if he could paint the whole scenario of Saddam being caught, he would get more money.

    March 5, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  19. S Callahan

    That is awesome..first thought to mind is the Spirit of Gramma Moses is inspiring another Vermont'er. He should put a few paintings in her museum for viewing.....
    This is a wonderful outlet and keeps the thinking side of the brain working......

    March 5, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    To Jade: Good question, I've always wondered what happened to those 10 truck loads of U.S. dollars and how many gold antiques were stolen from Saddams mansion.

    March 5, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  21. Steve

    Adam March 5th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

    Liberals would never consider this painting "art". To be considered art there has to be overtly homosexual inferences or a sculpture of Jesus made out of poop. Farm & country scenes have no artistic merit anymore. I'm sure liberals view American Gothic as a painting of 2 racist homophobes with a pitchfork. A liberal is probably looking at Bremer's painting now trying to decide which barn is potentially the Slave Quarters, so they can act outraged.
    Adam, it's called Prozac – just something to consider that might help you out bud.

    March 5, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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