|“||We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents.||„|
|~ Bob Ross|
Robert Norman Ross or called as Bob Ross was a american painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy Of Painting, an instructional television program from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the united states, and also aired in canada, latin america, and europe. Ross went from being a public television personality in the 1980s and 1990s to being a internet celebrity in the 21st century, becoming popular with fans on Youtube, Twitch, and many other websites many years after his death.
Ross was born in Daytona Beach, Flordia, to Jack and Ollie Ross and raised in Orlando Flordia. As a child, Ross entertained himself by caring for injured animals, purportedly including an armadillo, snake, and alligator. One of these animals, a squirrel named peapod, was featured most in a few episodes of his show. Another squirrel, one with epliepsy Bob called "Squirrely Wirrelly Brown" was also shown on the show less frequently. He had a half-brother, jim, whom he metioned in passing on his show. Ross dropped out of high schoolin the 9th grade to work as a carpenter with his father, Jack Ross, when he lost part of his left index finger. This, however did not affect the way he held his palette when he was painting.
In 1961, 18-year-old Ross enlisted in the united states air force and was put into service as a medical records technician. He eventually rose to the rank of master sergeant and served as the first sergeant of this U.S. air force clinic at elielson air force base in alaska, where he first saw the snow and mountains that later became recurrring themes in his artwork. He devolped his quick-painting technique to create art for sale during breif daily work breaks. Having held military postions that required him to be, in his own words, "tough" and "mean", the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work, ross decided that if he ever left the military he would never yell or raise his voice again.