Before ‘The Joy of Painting’ was launched, Bob Ross would have his hair permed to save money on haircuts. The perm was uncomfortable for him but as the show gained popularity it became his most iconic feature, ultimately forcing him to keep the style
Ross had two sons, Bob and Steven, with his first wife, Lynda Brown. Steven occasionally appeared on The Joy of Painting and became a Bob Ross–certified instructor. The last episode of Season 1 was a question-and-answer forum, in which Steven read a series of general “how-to” questions sent in by viewers during the season, and Bob answered them one at a time, technique by technique, until he had completed an entire painting. Ross and Lynda’s marriage ended in divorce in 1981. Ross’s second wife, Jane, died of cancer in 1993. He had one son with his second wife Jane, named Morgan. Morgan is also an accomplished painter.