As a Certified Bob Ross Instructor®, Rita enjoys sharing art with others and teaching aspiring artists how to paint beautiful landscapes, seascapes, and florals using the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique®!
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 became a Certified Bob Ross Floral Instructor® (CRFI). The calls started rolling in! Unfortunately, the callers weren’t interested in floral classes. They all wanted landscape classes. And so, Rita went back to the little Bob Ross® studio in New Smyrna Beach, Florida for another three weeks and she became a Certified Bob Ross Instructor® (CRI) in Landscape!