Animal lover, military man, art sensation, what is not to love about Robert (Bob) Ross? Although is passing in 1995, he will always be my #mcm.
What's hotter than the fro?
I actually learned, he absolutely loathed his hairstyle. He did the perm look mostly to save on hair cuts but he also used his hair as a personal branding technique. Aside from being an artist, Ross taught lessons and also sold art supplies. I mean, what is the first thing you think of when you hear the name, Bob Ross? His volumized mushroom hair of course.
He was a master sergeant in the United States Air force.
I mean who doesn't love a man in uniform? It is crazy to think this mono toned artist could ever raise his voice up to a fly. He started off small as a medical records technician and rose to become a master sergeant in the United States Air Force. His job required him to have a really loud, stern voice and had to work with an iron fist which he hated, which is why when he left the military he became accustomed to the calm, soft voice. In his show, The Joy of Painting he talks about his experience in Alaska where he was stationed, and often paints of his life there.
He did the joy of painting for absolutely free.
The famous Netflix and television painting series, The Joy of Painting, he devoted his time for basically the pure joy of giving people inspiration. He believed anyone could be an artist and wanted to share his knowledge. He owned an art supply company where he made most of his money. In total, he took part in 403 episodes, which is roughly 12,130 minutes, which is a little over 200 hours of painting for the pure joy of teaching people to paint. "So from all of us here, I'd like to wish you happy painting, and God bless my friend" -Bob Ross.
He was beyond charitable.
He claimed to have painted 30,000 art creations from his shows and down time, and never sold any of them. He donated his art work to PBS for charity donations and gave all of them away or gave them to his students in his workshop in Florida. He was diagnosed with lymphoma, which he hid and painted happy little trees until his final days.
He was an animal lover
In several of his episodes in The Joy of Painting, Ross has brought baby squirrels onto the show. He adored caring and raising animals until they were healthy enough to live in their natural habitat. He lived in Florida with his mother in his childhood, where he raised an injured baby alligator in the family bath tub back to pristine condition. He even created a television show before his death sharing his love for animals to children and introducing them to the miracles of nature.
Robert Norman Ross committed his life to serving our country for twenty years and inspiring so many people with his love for art. If being a charitable, animal loving, patriot, isn't attractive, I don't know what is.
Love, live, Bob Ross.