Marquetta Bell Johnson is a self-taught artist, creating hand-dyed textiles, quilts, and collectibles. In 1989, Johnson was injured in a drive-by shooting and became paraplegic. After nine months in the hospital and two months of intense therapy, Johnson became even more determined to use her art to make a difference. In 2004, Johnson was selected to represent the United States as an International Arts Fellow by VSA and she received the Phoenix Award from the city of Atlanta for her contributions to the local community. Johnson's work is represented by Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, and is in many private and corporate collections such as the Coca Cola Corporation, the U.