Bob Ross: A Short Biography

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A Colorful Life Of Bob Ross

Bob Ross was an extraordinary artist and teacher who changed how people normally view art. But what did he do exactly to accomplish that amazing achievement, and how?

To start, Bob Ross was born on October 29, 1942, in Florida in Daytona Beach. He was in a family of four, with his parents being Ollie Ross, his mother, and his father, Jack Ross. He also had one half-brother, Jim. His mother’s job was working as a waitress, and his father was a carpenter.

When Bob Ross was a young boy, he would spend most of his free time going outside to find animals in need and take care of them until they recovered. After a few years passed by, Bob also worked as a carpenter like his father and then lost his left index finger in an accident during work.

Before his first job, Bob Ross attended school, but he only went up to sixth grade to help out his family more when they hardly had any money left. This shows that he cared a lot about others. Bob continued to work at his job and care for animals until he turned 18 when he got a new job in the Air Force.

At this point, Bob was in Alaska for one of his missions in the Air Force. While there, he took an art class out of boredom and curiosity. During his time at the classes, he took quite a liking to it. This was the point when he would take an interest in art.

After the classes, he started painting on kitchenware such as pans and sold them for 25 bucks a pop. After a while, he would start painting pictures, and that was when he started to gain more popularity. He left the Air Force to make more art and met someone who was also a fan of his artwork. They became pretty good friends and established a TV show on PBS called The Joy of Painting.

He taught his audience how to paint something in under thirty minutes. He was also famous for teaching people a handy painting technique called the “Wet on Wet” technique. He used this trick to make his paintings quick, breathtaking, and easy.

Although his show was popular, it never actually earned him any money. One-half of his show was used to promote his line of art supplies, most of which were used in his episodes. It was like a 30-minute advertisement that people liked.  The other focus of Bob’s television show, which was also the main focus, was to teach society that anyone can do a variety of great work.

Bob Ross sadly died on July 4th at the fairly young age of 52. He died in Orlando, Florida, from a type of cancer named Lymphoma. When he was diagnosed, he decided to hide any signs that might show his cancer from his audience to prevent any commotion during the making of the last few episodes in the final season of his show.

Fast-forward several months, and Bob Ross finally dies at his house. Shortly after, word breaks out, and many mourn him greatly. Additionally, his show manager keeps all his artwork at a museum dedicated to Bob Ross.

Following this, movies were made on his life, and recordings of his episodes were posted on sites such as YouTube. All of this shows that even after his death, people still admire what he’s done, whether it be his teaching, artwork, or even his kind attitude toward everyone.

Bob Ross affected many people in good ways. For one, he taught his audience how to paint a masterpiece quickly and easily, even for people without experience with art.

He also inspired people to make artwork even though it may seem to them that they’re not talented artists. This valuable lesson continues to impact me and others today and possibly for many years to come.

Bob Ross was a phenomenal artist who changed the way people viewed artwork. Equally important, he taught us a simple message: anyone can accomplish great goals.

Even when you make what some call failures, they’re just “happy accidents,” a favorite and famous saying of Bob Ross. Because of him, he has inspired people to do almost impossible but amazing things.

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