Monique Johnson

Monique Johnson Affectionately known as “Your Favorite Little Artist!!” She has been an active member of the BGC community since 2019!  She’s truly an artist, a painter, a wizard with a brush!!! We are honored to have Monique as one of this week’s Makers Spotlight!


Tell us about yourself and/or your business

Monique Johnson is an artist, entrepreneur, Elon Law graduate, and motivational speaker known for her gift of humor, intelligence, business acumen and the ability to inspire others. Born with Diastrophic Dysplasia Dwarfism, one of the rarest forms of dwarfism, Monique Johnson was also born with scoliosis which causes curvature of the spine. Doctors predicted that her condition would not allow her to live past the age of six. But at an early age, Johnson realized that overcoming obstacles of her own gave her the power to not only live but succeed beyond anyone’s expectations. 

Monique capitalizes off of her sense of humor, combining straight forward pragmatism with a drive and enthusiasm for inspiring others to advocate for those with disability, speak in support of education and diversity initiatives and develop creative and innovative lectures, speeches, and trainings for corporate entities, educational institutions, and athletic teams and organizations. Her artwork and her powerful example has led to being featured on news platforms ranging from local to national including Fox and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. While Johnson stands 2 feet in stature, she fills the room with her presence. With her art and her story, she is on a resilient mission to positively impact the world.

How long have you been crafting and what inspired you to get started?

I’ve been crafting and painting for approximately 15 years. I was inspired to paint after graduating high school with a full academic scholarship to NC A&T SU. While my tuition was covered, I needed funds to pay for an assistant to help me to live on campus. My mom encouraged me to create on a canvas with paint that she picked up at Michaels craft store.. I was able to randomly sell it at community gathering and the light bulb when off. I was able to sell paintings to have a nursing assistant to participate in the full college experience.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Understand that taking a hobby and evolving it into a business takes time and patience. Formulate a plan to reach your desired target audience and keep them engaged. Everyone doesn’t have to like or need your product. But find the community of folks who get excited about what you produce and find it hard to resist.

Who currently inspires your creativity and why?

I love the fact that people are amazed at what I produce. People look at me and astounded at what I am able to do with a blank canvas. I am able to dispel myths and preconceived notions about what a woman with a physical disability can do. I love it.

What do you love most about Black Girls Craft?

I love the incredible amount of support we all give each other. BGC is a safe place to share ideas and concepts that garner feedback encouragement.

What is your favorite show, movie or playlist to craft to?

Abbot Elementary, Martin, Shark Tank, Survivor

Playlist range from old and new school gospel (Mississippi Mass Choir, Luther Barns, Lee Williams, to Jonathan McReynolds, Kirk Franklin, and Lecrae) to 90’s Hip Hop and R&B (SWV, Heavy D, Tupac, Biggie, Soul For Real, Digital Underground, etc.).

Do you have any specific goals for the year?

Sell 5 prints of my art a day from my website. I am looking to purchase a wheelchair accessible van to drive. It’ll need modifications that’ll be quite expensive but I know my art can help me achieve this goal.

Where can our readers go to see more of your work?