Bob Ross was an iconic American painter. Not for his ability to command the brush or fabulous wealth but for his mellow, mellow presence and penchant for the Afro hair style.
And, of course, the Happy Little Trees.
Not much is actually known about the man, however. Today I found Out tries to sort the murky details:
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Born in Daytona Florida in 1942, Ross was the child of a carpenter (Jack) and a waitress (Ollie) who separated, married other people, separated from those new partners and then got married to each other again all before their son had hit his teens. As a child, Ross entertained himself by caring for injured animals, much to the chagrin of his parents who soon became used to coming home to find an injured alligator in their bathtub or an armadillo running around Ross’ room.
Education wise, Ross left school in the 9th grade to support himself as a carpenter with his father, during which time he lost the tip of his left index finger in an accident, an injury he later hid from viewers most of the time with his paint palette.