Bob Ross was a well-known painter in the US who had a huge net worth by the time of his death in 1995. He not only made money through his paintings, but also became a beloved media personality because of his passion of art and his pleasant personality.

Ross is perhaps best known for his PBS TV series “The Joy of Painting,” which was on air between 1983 and 94. Through the long running show he made people all across America fall in love with painting.

Born in Oct. 29, 1942, Ross was not interested in academic pursuits. He dropped out of high school to join the U.S. Air Force. He discovered his true calling in 1960s when he fell in love with oil painting.

After serving his country, he decided to learn the intricacies of painting. He attended different art schools to learn the different techniques. The one form of painting that he was attracted to was the “wet-on-wet” style that helps the artist to finish a painting quickly by adding colors in layers.

Ross was able to perfect the “wet-on-wet” painting technique. Instead of using his new skill to add millions to his net worth, he decided to teach the style to others. His passion for the art and the dedication to help others learn to paint helped him to host a show that was about teaching people.

The show became a big hit, mostly because of Ross’ pleasant nature. He would describe the elements he painted as “happy little clouds.” He made the whole process seem easy and effortless, and urged the audience to join him and paint a new landscape in each episode.

Full length videos and clips from the TV series are currently available on YouTube. From misty mountains to the evening glow, Ross was able to create stunning paintings in a matter of minutes.

How much was Ross able to accumulate with his paintings and TV series? According to Celebrity Net Worth, the late painter had around $10 million at the time of his death.

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