A Scottish artist was commissioned to paint a portrait of Donald Trump as President before he even won the election.
Craig Campbell was approached by the Commander in Chief’s son, Eric, last year and asked to make a presidential portrait for an undisclosed fee.
Campbell, who is considered one of Scotland’s leading portraiture and figurativeartists, said yes despite Trump being locked in a close battle for the presidency with Hillary Clinton at the time.
The 56-year-old artist, from Ayr, has carried out a number of portraits of famous golfers, such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, and his work is featured throughout Trump’s Turnberry golf course, South Ayrshire.
Prints of his works are featured in every bedroom of the Turnberry resort, and Trump also already owns one of Campbell’s golf paintings.
The new oil painting of Trump shows the now-president looking into the distance as he stands between two American flags and next to the official Presidentialseal.
Campbell said he had to scour the web to find the right image to base his painting on.
He said: ‘Eric approached me not long after his dad was confirmed as the Republican candidate to see if I would be interested in doing a presidential portrait.
‘This was ages before the day of voting but Eric thought it would be a nice surprise for if he won.
‘Like everyone else, I was shocked when he won it in the end but I’ve met him, and his whole family, and they’re been very nice people.
‘Eric was really impressed with it when he was visiting Turnberry the other month. He thought it looked very lifelike
‘Hopefully he’ll hang it up in the oval office when he takes it with him. There’s not many people who can say they’ve done an official portrait of the American president.
‘I had to scour the web to get a picture where he wasn’t pulling a face and looked presidential. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.’
Trump, whose approval rating after 100 days in the job stands at only 42 per cent, is likely to collect the painting during a scheduled state visit to the UK later this year.
His plan to visit the UK was postponed amid mass nationwide protests against himearlier this year.
Campbell is scheduled to have an exhibition of his work in July at the Turnberry resort.