Scott Clendaniel


About Scott Clendaniel and Real Art Is Better!

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I was born in Spokane, WA as a second son, and later my parents had two daughters, making me one of two middle children. When I was seven years old my family moved to Anchorage, AK. I've always loved to draw and shortly after the move, my grandmother gave me an oil painting kit, and told me to paint in Alaska, because it’s such a beautiful place.

I studied art at Western State Colorado University, and Western Oregon University, and spent a semester in Greece studying art history. I 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 I realized that I wanted to be a full time artist, so I quit my job, and started my career as an oil painter. But first I wanted to finish my undergraduate studies, so I enrolled at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting. Now I live in Anchorage with my wife, who is the Business & Marketing Manager for our art business, called Real Art Is Better, and we work together full time in our studio downtown. We spend summers in McCarthy, situated in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, where we built a log cabin.

My oil paintings are whimsical, colorful and textural. I paint on panel versus canvas, because panel is much more durable. I coat each painting surface with three coats of white primer, sanding between each layer in order to eliminate as much wood texture as possible. Then I apply 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 my paintings glow when light hits them at certain angles. This is my signature technique, and one way you can always identify a Clendaniel original.

Many of my paintings are inspired by the astounding natural beauty in Alaska, but my niche is paintings of beer. I’m a home-brewer and self-proclaimed beer nerd, and enjoy savoring many styles of craft beer. During my travels I often visit breweries and paint live using my travel painting kit. In 2011 I 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 I endeavored to paint a new beer painting every single day for a project called Year of Beer, which sealed my reputation as the beer artist in Alaska.

My art is available for sale at our Etsy shop – Real Art Is Better, and at Dos Manos Gallery in Anchorage.

I accept 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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