Brighton artist helps Bushes spread Christmas cheer

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A professional wildlife artist and children's book illustrator was tapped to help the White House celebrate the holiday season.

Michael Monroe of Brighton recently completed 15 paintings and 1,000 Christmas ornaments commissioned by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

This year's holiday theme was national parks. Monroe illustrated rooms of the White House, whose grounds are a national park, for a pamphlet for visitors.

Monroe also created 1,000 hand-painted ornaments featuring the White House that the Bushes gave as gifts, Monroe said.

Monroe tells The Detroit News that he did the paintings for free and was paid for the ornaments. He declined to say how much he received.

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