It’s hard to believe that the man who taught the nation how to paint strokes on an easel used to yell at army recruits! Ross said in interviews that before his show, he held the positions in the military where you had to be “mean” and “tough”.

He was mostly responsible for telling men to clean, make the bed, and yell at them if they didn’t do it. After his service, Ross vowed never to yell at anyone again because of his military experience.

Even then, his passion for painting showed: during his service in the Air Force, Ross would often practice his painting when he had some free time. Ross developed his “speed painting” skills because he wanted to create paintings but had very short breaks!