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Portrait depicts Kaine as happy enviromentalist

Rosalind Helderman

Tim_Kaine_8X10.jpgAs Gov. Tim Kaine prepares to leave office a week from Saturday, he gathered with friends, top administration officials, his wife Anne Holton and two of his three children at the Library of Virginia for the unveiling of his official portrait. And, as Virginia gubernatorial paintings go, it's a bit unusual.

No, it doesn't feature his left eyebrow cocked skyward, a Kaine facial feature that became famous nationally after he delivered the Democratic response to President George Bush's State of the Union address in 2006.

Instead, it depicts Kaine outdoors, in front of the James River, his right hand on one hip and his left hand resting on a tree. He wears no suit jacket in the painting. And he is smiling warmly. He will be the only jacketless, smiling, outdoors governor featured in the gallery of portraits outside the ceremonial governor's office in the Rotunda of Richmond's State Capitol.

Kaine said he was pleased with the likeness, painted by Prince William artist Stephen Craighead. He said he sat twice for Craighead, who was selected by an artist's committee headed by Anne Holton and, in a bipartisan touch, also painted the official portrait of Republican Gov. James Gilmore.

He said he felt the painting conveyed his passion for the outdoors. He noted that when he became engaged to Holton, she convinced him to move to Richmond, where her father had served as governor, by taking him for a picnic on the banks of the James River.

"It is one of the things I most love about Virginia is its natural beauty and we've worked hard to make a mark there," Kaine said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 5, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
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that portrait makes him look 10 years younger and 20 pounds lighter....I want them to do a portrait of me someday...

Posted by: joshstlouis | January 6, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

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