What Happened To Steve Ross, The Son Of Bob Ross?

We probably all know and most likely love Bob’s son Steve. Bob Ross mentioned Steve several times during ‘The Joy Of Painting’, talking about how his son makes a pretty penny selling his masterpieces.
Steve appeared in no less than 13 episodes on ‘The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross’, most noteably in the final episode of the first season, ‘Final Reflections’, where he helps his father by reading questions from viewers, which the old master answers. Besides his appearance in this Q&A style episode he also painted 12 other original paintings for the show.

Steve also quickly became a fan favorite during the Twitch livestream and on Tumblr because of his double entendres, such as “pound it into the brush real good”, “it can be dirty, it doesn’t have to be clean. Oh yeah, sure, tell me more”, or “It’s getting bigger all the time. Oh no, it’s huge. Look at that, it’s a monster!”. Combined with his heavenly voice, the hair and his mustache it is no surprise that Steve Ross was quickly titled Tumblr’s Sex God.

Jokes aside, what really happened to Steve Ross after the death of his father Bob?

It seems like Steve cut every and all ties to the public and went completely underground. Besides the obvious results like the YouTube videos of his appearances on his father’s TV show there are almost no traces of him to be found on the internet. One of the only sources that mention Steve is an announcement of the death of his late father.

The New York Times wrote in an obituary for Bob Ross that “he is survived by his son, Steven, of Ronkonkoma, L.I.”. It seems like Steven (or Steve for short) left Florida to live in the state of New York.

From this obituary it is also known that Steve became a Bob Ross-certified instructor, but after checking lists of practicing instructors it appears that he is no longer teaching people to paint. It is also not known if Steve still paints at all. One of Bob’s oldest friends however stated on his private Facebook page that Steven was still painting the last time they have spoken, but this was around 10 years ago now. Another commenter said that she believes Steve is doing software work now. Further questions about Steve’s whereabouts however remain met with silence.

It seems that Steve Ross does not want to be in the spotlight, as he is completely untraceable on social media or the internet in general. According to this book Steve also has no part in the Bob Ross company and rumor has it that he and the executives did not part on friendly terms after the death of Bob Ross in 1995.

Wherever Steve Ross might be now, we wish him the very best.


5 Replies to “What Happened To Steve Ross, The Son Of Bob Ross?”

  1. I’m watching Steve right now on an episode of his dad’s show, the Joy of Painting. Not surprisingly, he is painting some massive mountains, which his dad always said Steve could paint better than anyone else. I watch Bob Ross’s show very frequently, as much for the paintings he creates as for the sound of his voice, which I always find soothing and calm. It’s a good show to watch at the end of the day when you need to wind down and get ready for bed. I highly recommend it.

  2. In the 80’s and 90’s I used to go to bed at 1 in the afternoon. Sure enough Bob would put me into that alpha wave state within 10 minutes. It’s a great way to feel and I would fight to stay awake until about 5 minutes were left.
    I bought all of his stuff back then but was disappointed that my first and only 2 paintings weren’t perfect.
    I cut myself no slack. I didn’t allow myself any time to get better. (In retrospect, very immature of me).
    Fast forward and in April of 2018 I’m giving it another shot.
    I probably have a couple of hundred hours at the easel and I can tell that I’m actually close to liking 1 of my paintings enough to sign it and give it as a gift.

    See what 30 years of growing up does? (I was almost 30 yes. old in ’90).

  3. I’ll agree, his voice is very soothing and usually I end up asleep or ready to go to sleep. Another thing I have noticed about things from haters of Bob not being a real artist or a very good painter, and that Ross didn’t come up with the wet-on-wet style and such, that it was William “Bill” Alexander who started the style. In the very first “Joy of painting” episode, Bob acknowledges Bill Alexander as his friend, mentor and teacher of this style. And again in the first episode of season 2, Bob again acknowledges Bill Alexander, so the haters saying the things about Bob did or didn’t need to go back and check out season 1 episode 1, and also season 2 episode 1, and they will hear Bob acknowledge Bill Alexander for the style!
    Ok, rant over! LOL But yes, his voice is very relaxing!

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