I don’t know about you, but there are only two artists whose paintings I want to own. One is Patrick Nagle and the other is Bob Ross. I can easily get a Nagle print, but Ross’ are nowhere to be found.
The NY Times did some research and they found his paintings! Where in the world are they? They are in located at the Bob Ross Inc.in Herndon, Va. His good friend Annette Kowalski was left the paintings when he died in 1995 from cancer. His wife died in 1992. The woman who financed his early career along with her husband has been keeping them in an office that is being maintained by her daughter and some workers.
The paintings are organized but are not on display. How many are there? If you do the math, then he did 13 episodes for 31 seasons and painted 3 paintings for each show. That is a total of 1,209 landscapes. Why so many? He painted one before, during and after the show. The best one was called book, another was TV and the third was named after Kowalski.
What about displaying them? A few of them are going to be at the Smithsonian. Several more are at his gallery in Smyrna Beach, Fl. Then in 2020, there be a few more hanging at his studio in Muncie, Indiana where he filmed The Joy of Painting for PBS. His show is still airing on their network every day.
With so many paintings why aren’t they selling any? Sadly, because that is how the Happy Hippy Painter wanted it. Therefore, the dream of owning one is just that.
Can we see them in Virginia? Their office is closed to the public, but you can call them and say hi at 800-BOB-ROSS! I might have to do that. His show and his paintings brought me such joy and I want to thank them for taking care of his babies.
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