The Legacy of Bob Ross

By Hailey B.

We’ve all heard of Bob Ross. You know, the guy known for “happy accidents” and “happy little trees”. He’s left a lasting legacy and has made a mark on all that have viewed his episodes.

According to the article from the NPR titled “The Lasting World Of Bob Ross And His Colorful World Of ‘Happy Accidents’” Bob Ross was a rather philosophical man who left wisdom that has lived on. I understand why someone would look up to him so much. He’s said many things that are now rather famous quotes, such as when he said “It's like in life. Gotta have a little sadness once in a while so you know when the good times come.”

He’s also known for his landscape paintings that he used to create in the episodes of his show, “The Joy of Painting”. I’ve found that even if you don’t like painting you are still roped into watching the show if only for his soothing voice and amazing paintings. The article talks about how painting classes are being made in inspiration from his paintings. I think it’s a great idea to not only get the older generations involved, but also the younger generations.

The thing is, the article mentions that Bob Ross didn’t want to sell his paintings. I at first was questioning why, but it continues to explain that he wanted viewers to create their own. I feel that this is very fitting for his personality, that he would rather inspire other people.

Bob Ross will continue to affect people of all ages, and he has left a lasting legacy.