Rita was very artistic from an early age. She used her imagination to fill her coloring books with purple trees, blue cats, and hombre pink and orange skies. Her mother, Mary, encouraged her creativity with 64-packs of crayons so she’d have all the colors she needed. Mary also gifted Rita with her own small embroidery hoop so that they could create vibrant thread-art together. She gave her paint-by-number kits, sketch pads with rainbow markers, and so much more.
Taking art & photography classes in both high school and college, Rita continued to expand her talents and abilities. It wasn’t until she took a Painting & Vino class in San Diego that she realized how much she wanted to share art with others. Her mother was her first student, and after moving to Sacramento, Rita became a Licensee of Painting & Vino. She began teaching acrylic painting classes in restaurants and wine bars around town.
Wanting to keep her classes small and more personal, Rita went out on her own a year later as Painting with Rita. She continued to teach paint & sip classes for another two years. During that time, she learned the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Oil® technique and became a Certified Ross Floral Instructor® (CRFI®). The calls started rolling in! Unfortunately, the callers weren’t interested in floral classes. They all wanted classes in the Bob Ross® Landscape technique. And so, Rita went back to Florida for another three weeks in December 2020, and she became a Certified Ross Instructor® (CRI®). Now she teaches others how to paint picturesque landscapes and seascapes using the Bob Ross® method!