Interpretive Painting Instructor, Clarence Porter, Inspires With Career Success

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This week I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Clarence Porter, an active painter who will be teaching “Interpretive Painting” in the coming winter term.

Clarence is one of those men who exudes an inspiring enthusiasm and passion about what he teaches. He wants to arouse the artist within Sheridan students, taking them beyond the fundamentals to develop their singular vision and message.

Clarence Porter brings current industry experience with him to the classroom, as he is riding a wave of momentum in his own career. He is currently exhibiting a collection called VancouVIEWS at the Nathanial Hughson Art Gallery in Hamilton, where he lives. Some of the pieces from this exhibit are included in the pictures above. The paintings were inspired by Clarence’s first trip to Vancouver in 2012, where he as taken by the larger-than-life landscape. The VancouVIEWS are large and iconic Canadian scenes, with the raven – significant to Aboriginal spirituality – making an appearance in many.

Hamilton, Ontario, has welcomed Clarence with open arms. He also teaches pastels at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and three of his pieces have been selected to feature on outdoor banners hanging from streetlights on King William Street in the city.

Clarence’s work has also been selected by the Pastel Journal in this year’s Pastel 100 Competition. His work was selected as 1 of the 100 chosen, and he won an honourable mention in the competitive category of Landscapes and Interiors. He will be featured in the journal’s April 2014 edition.

His work has also been selected this year to be exhibited by Pastel Artists Canada‘s 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition, “Purely Pastels,” where he received another honourable mention.

I only spent a few minutes with Clarence, and he managed to convince me that I am an artist with limitless potential. I can only imagine the value that he will bring to his students next term. In the meantime, I plan to follow his advice and check out Hamilton, particularly James Street North, which Clarence claims is a thriving young artist community, too young to be jaded but still developed enough to have a major gallery crawl!

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