Framed Gallery
African American Art
Framed Gallery
African American Art

Rochelle Johnson

Rochelle Johnson was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, where she discovered her passion for drawing at an early age.  As a child she discovered the work of Lois Mailou Jones and Jacob Lawrence, and was further inspired by the Denver Black Arts Festival in the 1980s.  The experience of meeting the artists and seeing their work ignited her passion for the Arts.

 In 1989, Johnson enrolled at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where she learned to create stories using oils and watercolors.  She attained a degree in Illustration in order to pursue a career in Commercial Art.  In 1992, she moved to Seattle, Washington where she worked as a freelance designer, creating community theater posters and identity packages for local businesses.  These opportunities paid the bills, but she became intrigued by the idea of being a story-teller through her work.  In 1997, she entered the annual Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Minority Art Exhibition where she sold her first non-commercial piece.

 In 1999, Johnson returned to Denver and eventually resumed pursuing the idea of story-telling through painting, a calling that had never left her consciousness.  In 2005, her artwork was featured on the cover of the novel When a Sistah’s Fed Up, previously on Essence’s Top Ten List. Rochelle, has been published in several journals the most notable being the American Art Collector Magazine.  Today, Johnson continues to develop her unique style of story-telling through painting from her Denver studio.


  • A Space Between
    Oil on Linen
    32x34
    $3,000
  • One More Stop
    Oil on Linen
    22x24
    $2,000
  • A Room For Two
    Oil on Linen
    30x24.5
    $1,500
  • Chet On The Move
    Oil on Linen
    37.5x37.5
    $3,800
  • Night Jam
    Oil on Linen
    26x17
    $2,000
  • Slow Funk
    Oil on Linen
    25x32.5
    $5,000
  • Southern Gentleman
    Oil on Linen
    36x36
    $6,000
  • Drum Circle
    Oil on Linen
    25x32.5
    $4,000