Scott Clendaniel


About Scott Clendaniel and Real Art Is Better!

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Scott Clendaniel was born in Spokane, WA, and his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska when he was seven. Clendaniel always loved to draw, and shortly after the move, his grandmother gave him an oil painting kit, and told him to paint in Alaska, because it’s such a beautiful place.

Clendaniel studied art at Western State Colorado University, and Western Oregon University, and spent a semester in Greece studying art history. He decided to take a break from college, moved back to Anchorage, and accepted a position as a Production Artist, designing Alaska souvenir products. A couple years later he realized that he wanted to be a full time artist, so he quit his job, and started his career as an oil painter. But first he wanted to finish his undergraduate studies, so he enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting. Now Clendaniel lives in Anchorage with his wife, who is the Business & Marketing Manager for their art business, called Real Art Is Better, and they work together full time in their studio downtown. The couple spends summers in McCarthy, situated in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, where they built a log cabin.

Clendaniel's oil paintings are whimsical, colorful and textural. He mostly paints on panel versus canvas, because panel is much more durable. He coats each painting surface with three coats of white primer, sanding between each layer in order to eliminate as much wood texture as possible. Then applies a coat of red, and then a thin layer of gold paint. The red and gold shine through small gaps in the oil paint, making his paintings glow when light hits them at certain angles. This is Clendaniel's signature technique, and one way you can always identify a Clendaniel original.

Many of the artist's paintings are inspired by the astounding natural beauty in Alaska, but his niche is paintings of beer. Clendaniel is a home-brewer and self-proclaimed beer nerd, and enjoys savoring many styles of craft beer. During his travels he often visits breweries and paints live using his travel painting kit. In 2011 Clendaniel completed a series called 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, which consisted of 99 6”x12” oil paintings of different beers. Then in 2014 he endeavored to paint a new beer painting every single day for a project called Year of Beer, which sealed his reputation as Alaska's beer artist.

Clendaniel's art is available for sale online at his Etsy shop – Real Art Is Better, at Dos Manos Gallery in Anchorage, and at his studio by appointment.

The artist accepts commissions.

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Real Art Is Better!

Scott Clendaniel

Anchorage and McCarthy, Alaska


Scott Clendaniel has been featured in:

KTVA Channel 11 News

All About Beer Magazine

DRAFT Magazine

KTUU Channel 2 News

Philadelphia Daily News

Alaska Home Magazine

UAA Green and Gold News



Studio Address:

333 W. 4th Ave, Suite 4, Anchorage, AK 99501

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