American pastel artist Clarence A. Porter calls his art “playing” and his creations flow from his toy box full of pastel colours for the viewer’s enjoyment. His belief is that his art must be both objective and subjective: objective in its original intent and execution and subjective in its interaction with the viewer. "I hope that my art gives the viewer pause to reflect on a moment in time that I cherished, frozen in pastel pigments."
While his focus now is on painting with pastels, he began his career as an advertising agency art director, after which he spent many years in Toronto as a freelance commercial illustrator working in a broad range of media. After relocating to Hamilton, Clarence started working with pastels for his own enjoyment. In 2006 Clarence was juried into the 15th Annual Purely Pastels Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where he received an Honourable Mention. That was the spark he needed and since then he hasn’t looked back. Clarence’s pastels have been showcased in four solo shows and juried into multiple group exhibitions where he has won honours. His work is collected locally and internationally. He received his Master Pastel Artist of Canada (MPAC) signature designation from Pastel Artists Canada in 2014 and was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) in 2016. He is also a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies.