Arnold Schwarzenegger erases Maria Shriver from Official Governor Portrait
Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, has removed the image of ex-wife Maria Shriver from his official governor portrait.
The oil painting did not have small lapel pin featuring Shriver that Schwarzenegger had worn in 2003. The pin was covered by blue paint that can be noticed on the left lapel.
A staffer at the state Capitol, Richard Granis, said, "Whoever touched it up did not do a very good job. It was softball sized, right there on his left lapel".
The marriage of Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver had ended in 2011, but their divorce has not been finalized yet. The split between the two came to light when Schwarzenegger was found engaged in extramarital affairs and had fathered a child with someone from his staff.
An undeniable spot on former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's official portrait shows that someone has tried to erase Maria Shriver's face from the painting in haste.
According to a staffer at the state Capitol, the portrait was unveiled on Monday. The pin featuring picture of Shriver's face wasn't there.
The portrait was originally painted by Gottfried Helnwein, Austrian-Irish fine artist and painter. Gottfried was commissioned by Schwarzenegger a number of years ago.
Blue blotch on the painting explains Helnwein's mysterious saying about the portrait. The renowned painter had said that the portrait included a little interesting detail. He had also said that he can't reveal that because he wasn't allowed to tell it, but the little detail is very meaningful to the governor.
Clay Russell, Schwarzenegger's former assistant, had first seen the portrait featuring Shriver's face on a pin. According to Russell, it was not usual for a portrait to be done so soon. Russell had separated ways with former Governor during his split from Maria Shriver.
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