“This is your world; you’re the creator. Find freedom on this canvas. Believe that you can do it, because you can do it. You can do it.” These words of wisdom and encouragement have echoed through aspiring painters and audiences’ minds for decades. Bob Ross, famed painter and influential motivational speaker, has left a legacy unlike any other celebrity from the 20th century. His calming words of encouragement and talent behind the canvas have changed the way our world views people on T.V.
Unlike other celebrities, Bob Ross spoke with positivity at all times. He never had a bad word to say, and despite his resounding fame lived a humble life tucked away in the wilderness. Bob Ross hosted over 400 episodes of The Joy of Painting from 1983 to 1994. While fans were able to always enjoy his television persona, there is much to learn about the iconic painter man. Take a look at the private life of Bob Ross, and learn how he became the worldwide inspiration he is today.