ART legend Bob Ross eased his way into TV by showing PBS network viewers how to paint stunning landscapes.
The artist was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, which aired on the network for nearly a decade.
Where is Bob Ross buried?
Robert Norman Ross, also known as Bob Ross, is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Gotha, Florida.
Ross was a Florida native, born in Daytona Beach and later raised in Orlando.
Fans of the artist can visit his grave at Section O, Lot 537.
Many visitors and fans of his work have left Ross flowers, art supplies, paintings, and nature-inspired knickknacks on the plaque above his grave.
Who is Bob Ross?
Ross was a famous painter and art instructor.
He previously served in the US Air Force and was stationed in Alaska, the setting of most of his future paintings.
Ross began developing quick painting techniques during his work breaks and enrolled in an art class at the Anchorage U.S.O. club.
While working as a bartender he discovered a TV show called The Magic of Oil Painting, hosted by German painter Bill Alexander.
Ross mastered his technique and began painting and selling Alaskan scenery portraits.
The artist eventually returned to Florida and began painting with Alexander.
A student named Annette Kowalski took a class with Ross and encouraged him to branch out on his own, helping him financially.
Ross, his wife, and Kowalski gathered money and created his company, Bob Ross Inc.
His popularity increased and he was given his own show on PBS as a result.
Ross painted an estimated 30,000 paintings during his lifetime, most of which are still owned by Bob Ross Inc.
How did Bob Ross die?
Ross passed away on July 4, 1995, from lymphoma complications.
The 52-year-old kept his diagnosis a secret from the general public and it was not known outside of his circle of family and friends until after his death.
In the past, Ross had suffered two heart attacks and had survived his first battle with cancer.
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