Bob Ross was known for his relaxing painting tutorials and his signature perm. His ability to lull viewers into a trance as they painted along with him was, and remains, unparalleled.
The recent 2021 documentary film, “Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed” brought to light that behind his joyful, warm persona was a man plagued by business woes and grief.
Yet, his ability to find beauty in the world persisted. He channeled his struggles into happy trees and allowed that joy to bleed out onto the canvases of millions.
This, precisely, is why so many people wonder if Ross dabbled in a bit of cannabis on the side. After all, how could someone continue to be so cheerful, carefree, and in love with the world, despite the pain?