AUGUSTA — The official portrait of outgoing Republican Gov. Paul LePage was unveiled Thursday at the State House during an informal ceremony attended by the governor, members of his Cabinet and staff and other supporters.

Gov. Paul LePage poses alongside his official portrait Thursday during the unveiling ceremony at the State House.

LePage had his daughter, Lauren LePage and his son, Paul LePage Jr., pull back the curtains on the $25,000 portrait painted by Ken Hendricksen of Rockport.

LePage selected Hendrickson for the portrait and expressed satisfaction with the final product, saying, “It’s good, I like it.”

Hendricksen, a self-taught artist who grew up in Limestone, said LePage was easy to work with. LePage selected the Blaine Study, in the governor’s mansion, as the setting for the portrait. Hendricksen said it took about 300 hours to complete the portrait.

The work, purchased with money from the governor’s contingency fund, becomes part of the official collection of the Maine State Museum and will hang on the third floor of the State House, in the lobby between the House and Senate chambers, along with portraits of other recent Maine governors.

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