You’ve seen him before. He’s the soft spoken guy painting happy clouds, mountains and trees, using big, house painting-type brushes and cooing the soothing words "you can do it" to the audience. His Joy of Painting
program is the most recognized, most watched TV art show in history. A native of Orlando, Florida, Bob Ross began painting at the age of 18 when he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Alaska. He took various art courses at universities and colleges, and eventually developed and personalized his quick and unique Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique ®. In 1981, Bob began touring the U.S. to teach his painting style, when one of his students was profoundly struck by his charisma in the classroom. "I saw and felt magic happening," Annette Kowalski explains, "and asked myself, was there a way to share this joy with everyone?" A business partnership was formed – the Bob Ross Company – an active, thriving behind-the-scenes organization that today celebrates over 20 years of operation.