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.S. Department of the Interior, and the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Her work has been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and featured on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast. Johnson is a teaching artist withVSA of Georgia, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia Council for the Arts, the Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning, and the Names Project Foundation.