Johnnie Lee Smith

Creative Workshop Faculty

Children’s Drawing and Painting, Portraiture

Raised in Rochester, Johnnie Lee Smith was unaware of his artistic talents until his sophomore year at Pittsford Sutherland High School. He grew fond of portraiture and being able to capture a strong likeness of his subjects. After graduation he furthered his education at Pratt-MWP in Utica, an art school connected with Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute of Art. Being surrounded by other aspiring artists and receiving helpful advice from professors allowed him to fully embrace his love for art and make a deep commitment to creating and showing powerful artwork.

Smith is both a commercial printer and working artist who creates easel paintings and wearable art connected to positive personal and community stories and African American leadership. His artwork and story have been featured in exhibits at City Hall, Tajze’s Jazz Café and in stories on WXXI and in Post magazine.

More about Smith’s work

Pictured: Smith painting Maya Angelou.