Governor Portraits
Governor
Bob Taft

Years
1999 - 2007

Medium
Oil on Canvas

Size
52.0" x 34.0"

Location
Statehouse Room 122

Year
2006

Governor Biography

Bob Taft was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 8, 1942. Bob Taft began his career in public service as a volunteer teacher for the Peace Corps in East Africa. He has served Ohioans as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, as a Hamilton County Commissioner and as Ohio's Secretary of State. He was sworn in as Ohio's 67th Governor on January 11, 1999 and was elected to his second term as Governor in November 2002. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1963, received his Master's degree in government from Princeton University in 1967 and earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati Law School in 1976. Governor Taft's father and grandfather both served in the United States Senate, and his great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, served as the 27th President of the United States and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Artist
Leslie Adams

Artist Biography

Leslie Adams' intention in portraiture is to create enduring works that are grounded in historical aesthetics and contemporary theory. She employs a Northern Renaissance technique, similar to that used by Van Eyck, which combines layers of oil glazes to achieve a profoundly intricate level of detail and luminosity. Through both inspiration and technique, Adams creates works that invoke timeless realities in which past and present simultaneously exist- works that transcends portraiture alone. Beyond purely capturing the likeness of the individual, the paintings of Leslie Adams possess truth. By responding to the character, the essence, and the spirit of those she paints, her portraits reflect the innocence and curiosity of a child, the strength and beauty of a woman, or the honor and dignity of a political leader. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Toledo, Leslie Adams received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious New York Academy of Art. Ms. Adams' work has been exhibited internationally and is included in numerous public and private collections.