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Glory Set a Painting by Scott Clendaniel Inspired by a sunset around midnight on Squaw Island near May Creek in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park Alaska This painting is sold but you can commission a similar one if you wish.  It is also available as a limited edition art print.

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This information is meant for members of the media. It is completely up-to-date. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact the artist directly.

Contact Information
info@realartisbetter.com
(907) 351-2522
Studio address: 333 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 4, Anchorage, AK 99501

The Elevator Pitch
Scott Clendaniel is an oil painter living and working in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. His niche is paintings of beer. He also paints Alaska scenery, and commissions of any subject matter.

Where Clendaniel Art is Available for Sale
RealArtIsBetter.Etsy.com
• In the studio BY APPOINTMENT at 333 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 4, Anchorage, Alaska
• Art shows at various venues around Anchorage. Click here to sign up for the e-mail list to receive updates.
Dos Manos Gallery, Anchorage, AK
• Clendaniel art on apparel and home decor at RedBubble.com
• Mountain Arts Gallery, McCarthy, AK
Kennecott Trading Company, Kennicott, AK

Upcoming Events
Solo art show. June 2nd - July 6th, 2017 at Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
• Solo art show. October 6th - November 2nd, 2017 at Crush Wine Bistro.

Biography
Scott Clendaniel has lived in Anchorage, AK since 1987. Clendaniel has always been a creative soul, and was lucky enough to have a mother who encouraged him to become an artist. He studied art in college and graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. There were a couple years when his fine art career took a back seat to an eight-to-five graphic designer job at an office, but he quit the job in 2005 to pursue a fine art career full-time. This encouraged his wife, Maria Benner, to also free herself from the rigid lifestyle of a traditional employee. In 2009, after Benner quit her job, the couple began a multi-year traveling adventure. They rode their tandem bike along the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico, toured around Thailand, Japan, and Taiwan, and rode bicycles across northern Europe. Between each trip, they came back to Alaska to spend summers in McCarthy, a small town in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park, to build a log cabin on their 10-acre wooded property.
After getting the “traveling bug” out of their system, the couple decided to focus full time on the art business. Benner became the Business and Marketing Manager, and Clendaniel’s focus is on painting.

My Story
I remember watching my grandmother paint when I was little. It was one of her hobbies, along with tending the beautiful rose garden in her quaint home in Walla Walla, Washington. When my family moved to Alaska when I was seven years old, my grandmother gave me an oil painting kit to take with me, and told me to paint in Alaska because it is such a beautiful place. I have been an oil painter ever since. I majored in painting in college and work as an artist full time with my wife in our studio in beautiful downtown Anchorage, Alaska. In the summer time, we spend quite a bit of time in a small town at the end of a dirt road called McCarthy where we are building a log cabin on our ten-acre wooded lot. My wife quit her job after she graduated with a Masters degree in Business Administration, and works full time on our art business, taking care of marketing, sales, and business development. I am very lucky to have her working with me. 

You can tell from my art that I am a beer enthusiast. I am a home brewer, and enjoy sampling craft brews. In 2006 I painted a series called the Color of Beer, which consisted of ten oil paintings of pint glasses ranging in style and color from pale to dark stout. That was my first sold-out art show. So I decided to paint more paintings of beer, and embarked on painting the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall series, which took me about four years. The project was very successful, and now I am known as the "beer artist" in Anchorage. In 2014 I painted a new beer painting every day, and the series is called the Year of Beer Paintings. In 2015 I scaled back to releasing a new beer painting once a week on Thirsty Thursdays, and did that for two years. Now I don’t have a schedule, but still release new paintings often. You can see the paintings, and read about them on my blog www.realartisbetter.wordpress.com

I also paint Alaska landscapes, urban-scapes, and scenes that portray human's interaction with nature. I paint with oils on wood panel and on canvas. I prefer to paint on panel because it is more durable than canvas, but when I do paint on canvas, I build the supports and stretch the canvases myself. Each painting surface is coated with several coats of primer and the last two coats are red and gold paint. The gold paint shines through small gaps in the oil paint, making my paintings glow when light hits them at certain angles. This is my signature technique. Whenever possible I paint subjects from life, rather than from photographs, and often paint outside on location (in plein air). I use artist-grade oil paint that has rich pigments and smooth texture.

I accept commissions of any subject matter.

Why the business is called REAL ART IS BETTER
Although there is no widely-accepted definition of "real art", we all know it when we see it. Often when people buy a Clendaniel original they say, "This is my first piece of real art."

PRESS
•KTVA Channel 11 News featured a story about Clendaniel's beer paintings on February 19, 2015. Click here to see the clip.

•Don Tse wrote an article about Clendaniel's beer paintings in All About Beer Magazine on February 24, 2015 called "Painters Find Inspiration from Beer". Click here to read the article.

•Kate Bernot wrote an article about Clendaniel's Year of Beer Paintings project in DRAFT Magazine on January 20th, 2015 called "This Man Painted a Different Beer Every Day for a Year". Click here to read the article.

• Mike Dunham wrote an article about Clendaniel's Year of Beer Paintings art show in Alaska Dispatch News on January 2nd, 2015 called "First Friday Fete Celebrates a Year of Beer". Click here to read the article.

• KTUU Channel 2 News featured a story about Clendaniel’s art show Year of Beer Paintings at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. on January 2nd, 2015. Click here to see the clip.

• Beer reporter, Joe Sixpack, wrote an article about Clendaniel’s Year of Beer project in the Philadelphia Daily News on February 6, 2014. Click here to read the article.

• KTUU Channel 2 News featured a story about Clendaniel’s art show at Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Homage to Homebrew in January, 2013. Click here to read the story (the clip is no longer available online).

• The Anchorage Press published an article about Clendaniel’s art show The Color of Beer in November, 2006.

EDUCATION:
2007 - 2009 University of Alaska, Anchorage, Bachelor of Arts in Art
2000 Athens Center, Athens Greece, Art History Study Abroad
1999 - 2002 Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon; Sculpture, Painting, Art History
1998 - 1999 Western State College of Colorado, Art Studies

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2011-2017 January, June Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Loft, Anchorage, AK
2016 March, SubZero Micro Lounge, Anchorage, AK
2014, 2016 October, Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge, Anchorage, AK
2015 November-December, Resolution Brewing Co., Anchorage, AK
2013 December, Snow Goose Restaurant, Anchorage, AK
2013 March, Sevigny Studio, Anchorage, AK
2009, 2012 Summer, Arctic Playgroundz, Anchorage, AK
2007, 2008 October, Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, Anchorage, AK
2007 Fall, Anadyr Adventures Gallery, Valdez, AK
2007 August, Kinley’s Restaurant, Anchorage, AK
2007 March, Snow City Café, Anchorage, AK
2006 November, Noble’s Diner, Anchorage, AK
2006 June – July, Eagle Tree Gallery Café, Anchorage, AK
2002 Werner University Center, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2013 August, Out North Contemporary Art House, Anchorage, AK
2009, 2011 April, MTS Gallery, Anchorage, AK
2008 Fall, Middle Way Café, Anchorage, AK
2008 Spring, UAA Consortium Library Gallery, Different Strokes for Different Folks
2007 Fall, UAA Big Wild Seawolves Sculpture Project
2002 April, Western Oregon University, Deans Office Group Exhibition, Monmouth, OR

ARTIST RESIDENCY:
2017 February, Alaska Huts at Manitoba Cabin

PUBLIC ART PROJECT:
2017, Bicycle Racks at Ryan Middle School, Fairbanks, AK

JURIED SHOWS:
2015 September, The Brinton Museum’s Small Works Show, Big Horn, WY
2015 May, Midnight Sun Brewing Co. 20th Anniversary Juried Show, Anchorage, AK
2007 Fall, UAA, No Big Heads National Self-Portrait Juried Show, Anchorage, AK
2002 May, Western Oregon University Juried Show, Monmouth, OR
2001 May, Western Oregon University Juried Show, Monmouth, OR
2000 May, Western Oregon University Juried Show, Monmouth, OR

PUBLICATIONS:
2016 July 18, Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim
2014 Summer Issue, Alaska Home Magazine, “Artist Profile”
2014 June 4, UAA Green and Gold News, “Alumni Spotlight”

AWARDS:
2002 Phi Kappa Phi Academic Excellence Award
2001 Student Juried Show, Campbell Hall Gallery, Painting Scholarship
2000 Student Juried Show, Campbell Hall Gallery, Dean’s Choice Awar

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
2010-Present Vice President, McCarthy-Kennicott Historical Museum
2014-2016 Anchorage Museum Gala Live Auction Donation, Anchorage, AK
2014 Alaska Public Media Showcase and Auction, Anchorage, AK
2013 - 2016 Anchorage Ski Club Art Donations, Anchorage, AK

Real Art Is Better!

Scott Clendaniel

Anchorage and McCarthy, Alaska

PRESS

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

CONTACT:

info@realartisbetter.com

907.351.2522

Studio Address:

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

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