THERESA JOHNSON, artist - illustrator

I grew up on a farm-ranch in Northeastern Montana. Though my family was large, my imagination was my favorite companion and I literally drew from that at an early age. My earliest artistic efforts were expressed in crayon, to my mother's dismay, on the walls of my bedroom closet. My mom then began providing me will loads of scrap paper upon which I would draw pictures in pencil, ballpoint pen or crayon. When I was 8 years old, one of my illustrations was published in the popular children's magazine Hi-Lites.  
During my grade school years, my personal projects shifted into the graphic design realm. I would create, by hand, mock up album covers, greeting cards and family newletters. 
There were no formal art classes available in the small rural community where I attended grade school and high school. My formal art education didn't begin until the age of 18 when I enrolled in Montana State University School of Art. I graduated MSU-Bozeman with a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Graphic Design.
After college graduation, I married my college sweetheart and we moved to Portland, OR. I worked as production artist and desk top publisher until we started a family. While raising our two sweet babies, I painted portraits in oil for clients. After 17 years in Portland, we moved across the Columbia River to the neighboring city of Vancouver, WA where we still reside today.
Now that our children are grown, I've been able to throw myself into studying digital illustration and visual storytelling. I have taken courses from some of the leading illustrators in the business including Aaron Blaise, Chris Oatley, Bobby Chiu, Jason Seiler, and Tom Flueharty.
My favorite software includes Adobe Photoshop, Procreate for iPad Pro, Clip Studio Paint, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. 
My recent illustration projects include children's books and young adult books, fiction and non-fiction book cover art, concept art, prop art and storyboards for advertising as well as table top game art.
I am passionate about character design, concept art and caricature-portrait painting. I also very much enjoy editorial illustration.
If you are interested in contracting my services for your next project, send me your project details via the Contact Form. I would love to hear from you!


Theresa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from
 Montana State University and has worked as a contract artist for over 20 years. Theresa offers a wide variety of art and illustration services including traditional oil portraits, digital children's book illustration and publishing, character and concept art, storyboarding, book cover art and design, editorial illustration and more.
Theresa Johnson is the illustrator of the Rojo The Llama Children's Books: Rojo, The Perfectly Imperfect Llama and Rojo, Where Is My Hair. Theresa has also illustrated and published the non-fiction book Montana Memoirs.   
When Theresa is not working on client projects she enjoys working on personal art projects in both digital and traditional mediums. Theresa also enjoys watching film and television as well as traveling with her husband and children.
Some of Theresa's clients include:
The Joyful Llama LLC | Lucky Cat Games LLC | Dick Hannah Honda Dealership CMD Agency
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