Clarence Raymond Johnson painted the rural landscape with an Impressionist style and subjects focused on nature. He often selected a high vantage point for his paintings, with foreground clusters of trees and houses below, leading to extensive vistas of distant hills and sky.
Clarence Johnson studied at the Columbus, Ohio School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy with with Daniel Garber. Both Clarence Johnson and Daniel Garber joined the New Hope School of Impressionism, that was centered in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy , the National Academy, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1938, he stopped painting and he refused to allow the sale of his artwork during his lifetime. Upon his death in 1981, the entire body of his work, was shown at the Janet Fleisher Gallery in Philadelphia.
His color is rich with unexpected combinations of pastel shades. His style was more characteristic of American painting than the French Impressionist landscape and this makes him a treasured artist to collectors of American Impressionism.
Peter Falk, “Who Was Who in American Art”
Mantle Fielding, “Dictionary of American Painters”