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Colorado to commission Trump portrait for statehouse

DENVER -- State officials soon will begin the lengthy process of commissioning a portrait of President-elect Donald Trump to hang in the Colorado State Capitol.

In the statehouse rotunda is a tribute to the American presidency and the 43 men who have served it.

Every day, visitors admire the art by Lawrence Williams, who painted each portrait from President George Washington to President George W. Bush.

Williams died before he could paint President Barack Obama’s likeness. At the time, a state committee searched nationwide to commission the Obama portrait, but committee members did not have to look too far.

The work of Sarah A. Boardman from Colorado Springs stood out-- allowing her to put her artistic touch on state history.

"It's an honor and privilege to have painted the president,” Boardman said.

Her portrait of Obama took three months to complete.

"It was a very, very slow [process] because I was being very careful,” Boardman said. "I'm obsessive about portraits. I love painting portraits. I love the soul-- the human being."

Boardman, originally from England, is now an American citizen. She is responsible for commissioned pieces of art that are enjoyed around the world.

But while her art is admired in the United States and abroad, it's her Obama portrait that remains a hallmark of Capitol building tours.

With just more than two months until the next president's inauguration, Boardman is hoping to provide a second portrait to fill the empty space next to her first.

She has already started preparing a proposal for the state to consider. Government officials said it could take up to a year before Trump will be added to the Capitol building’s gallery.

Previous presidential portraits at the statehouse have been funded through a combination of donations and state funds, according to a literature obtained at the statehouse information desk.