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®!

Artistic Background

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 Florida for another three weeks in December 2020, and she became a Certified Bob Ross Instructor® (CRI).

Rita, Art, and YOU!


Many people have never had the opportunity to activate that creative self.  For others, it’s been a very long time since they’ve been in touch with their inner artists.  Perhaps a sibling, or classmate, or maybe even a teacher or parent, gave you negative feedback on something you’d drawn, or colored, or painted when you were very young.  And suddenly you decided to shut down an entire side of your being.  You may have said – perhaps subconsciously – something like, “I’m never going to paint, or draw, or color again.”  And so you closed off a very important part of yourself.

Some others may have been very artistic and creative when you were younger – but then you “found out” that you couldn’t make a living at it. And so you stopped creating.  You let life, work, and concerns get in your way.  You stopped finding time for something that gave you so much joy.

YOUR ARTISTIC/CREATIVE SELF NEEDS TO BE BOTH NURTURED AND SET FREE.  WHEN YOU ACCESS YOUR INNER ARTIST, IT PROVIDES YOU WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE AND DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW.  IT CAN BE VERY THERAPEUTIC, RELIEVING STRESS IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE, RELEASING OLD TRAUMAS AND BAGGAGE THAT YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW YOU WERE STILL CARRYING AROUND – OR THAT YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WERE STILL AFFECTING YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE AND DECISION-MAKING.

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It has always been my desire to encourage the people around me to follow their creative instincts, and nourish their artistic sides in one way or another.  If not painting, then sculpting, if not drawing, then beadwork, if not glass blowing, then woodwork, and so on.  And it’s okay if your paintings (or other artworks) aren’t museum-ready right out of the gate.  The point is to find something you’d like to do and do it.  Your artistic muscles might be a little bit weak at first – but just like any other muscles – they’ll get stronger with use and training!

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