About Bob Ross
Bob Ross was the soft spoken guy painting happy trees, clouds and mountains on the unrehearsed and unedited program “The Joy of Painting®". The program started airing on PBS in 1982 and is still carried by nearly 300 public television stations throughout the US. Bob grew up in Florida and joined the Air Force at an early age of 18. He was then stationed in Alaska where he learned to love and paint the beautiful snow covered mountains you see in so many of his paintings. He developed the paint and brushes used in the Wet-on-Wet Technique®, which makes oil painting a possibility for even the most inexperienced painter. Bob Ross passed away at the young age of 52 on July 4, 1995. Bob Ross Incorporated continues to thrive, training instructors and keeping Bob’s dream alive.
About Genia Wright
Cassie, Genia, Andy, Charles, Gabby, Ken, Jenny, Lily and Sam
Genia has been married to her husband, Andy for over 30 years and is mother and mother-in-law to 5 wonderful kids and grandma to two precious granddaughters. She loves photography and crafting. It was during an art class in junior high school she was given the opportunity to try her hand at oil painting. That was her first and only experience with painting until a few years ago. A friend told her about a "Bob Ross" hobby class and encouraged her to attend. It was in that class that she painted her first "happy tree" and became hooked. Genia was amazed at how easy it really was. After attending a few more hobby classes she decided she wanted to learn to teach this same fascinating technique to others. In August of 2009, Genia completed the required training with Bob Ross Incorporated and received her certification to teach. She recently attended and received certification in the Advanced Landscape class. In June, 2014, Genia was honored to win the People's Choice Award in the Carilion Clinic Employee Art Show in Roanoke, VA. The excitement that she experienced in that first hobby class is what drives her to teach the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique® to others. She strongly believes that anyone can walk out of class with their own masterpiece if they are only willing to try.