Paul's first encounter with the Bob Ross Wet-On-Wet Painting Technique was by pure accident. He was sitting at home on a six-week period of convalescence recovering from a skiing accident after breaking his shoulder. Home alone with the TV remote all to himself, he started scanning the channels. It wasn't so much the soft speaking voice or the crazy hairstyle that grabbed my attention, but the fact that this man was producing a fantastic oil painting with brushes you would expect to use when painting your front door.
"I can do that" he thought, and for the rest of the day he had his wife driving him around the city of Norwich looking for materials. First was a visit to the hardware store where he bought a 2 inch and 1 inch brush and next a visit to the art shop to buy some oil paints. Although they didn't stock Bob Ross supplies, he thought that he would make do with what they had.
Armed with my supplies and the constant replaying of the video recorder, he was amazed with the results, especially with the fact he was using his wrong hand due to his injury. From that day on he was hooked, Paul made arrangements for the nearest Bob Ross stockist (100 miles away) to send him supplies and with the proper equipment found instant improvement. In time with his shoulder healed and convincing the local art shop to stock Bob's materials and the endless armoury of recorded videos he was determined to improve.
During this time Paul was serving in the Royal Air force as a Physical Training Instructor, and fortunate enough to be deployed to Alaska (Bob Territory). Knowing that Bob had served at the air base that he was staying at he started making a few enquiries about Bob. At the local craft store he was given the number of Rick Thompson said to be Bob's best friend and painting partner. Paul visited Rick and they sat for hours with him telling stories of Bob and showing some of Bob Ross's original paintings. Paul also informed him how to become a Certified Bob Ross Instructor.
On his return to England his mind was made up, after a few enquires he found that Instructor courses were available in Holland. Paul attended the three instructor training seminars and qualified as a Landscape Instructor in November 1998.
Since then he has also qualified as a Bob Ross Floral and Wildlife Instructor.
This has been a complete change of direction for Paul and after retiring from the Royal Air Force he spends all his time passing on Bob's technique to literary thousands of people throughout the country conducting his painting workshops.
Within the last five years Paul has enjoyed enormously experiencing the joy of painting and feel privileged to be asked to front the TV programme "Painting the Paul Bryant Way" on Sky TV knowing that Bob's wet-on-wet technique is achievable by everyone.