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Have you ever heard the expression ‘Happy little trees’? Yes? good then you’re in the right place, this post is all about Bob Ross and the joys he’s brought to my life by watching him paint.
Bob Ross ran a TV series called the Joy of Painting from 1983 to 1994 on his local PBS station and he recently has become a pop culture icon with the introduction of his series onto streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. Ross is best known for his happy go lucky attitude and his beautiful paintings he creates effortlessly every episode.
Bob Ross dropped out of high school in ninth grade and worked as a carpenter with his Dad until he joined the United States Air Force when he was 18. Bob rose through the ranks and retired as a Master Sergeant after 20 years of service. Bob began painting while in the service and turned it into a full time gig in 1983 when he and his wife sank their life savings into The Joy of Painting and the rest was history.
Although he unfortunately passed on July 4th, 1995; Bob’s legacy lives on through a whole slew of varying merchandise as he continues to win people over with his always positive perspective. Being the Bob Ross fan that I am, when I spotted a line of Bob Ross merchandise at Target a few years ago, I had to bring home the Bob Ross Funko with accompanying squirrel friend Peapod. Bob was famous for his compassionate handling of animals, especially baby squirrels.
Bob painted through his hardships, most notably the death of his wife, yet he always found something beautiful to create. Bob helped me through many sleepless pregnant nights and even still remains my go to when I can’t seem to mellow out enough to sleep, or just want to see some happy little trees painted as part of a beautiful landscape.
So here’s to Bob, may he keep painting at the big easle in the sky, and to his legacy, may it live long and bring peace to everyone that joins him on his adventures.