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Anchorage artist combines love of painting and beer

By Heather Hintze 8:55 PM February 19, 2015

An Anchorage artist is combining his love of painting with Alaskans’ love of beer.

As the setting sun filled the sky with pinks and yellows, Scott Clendaniel sat near the window at Snow Goose Restaurant, brushing the colors on his canvas.

“This beer I’m painting is the Urban Wilderness, which I think is appropriate for the setting here,” Clendaniel said.

Over the years he’s found a niche painting pints.

“I was trying to put the Sleeping Lady in the back of the Sleeping Lady brew pub,” he explained.

He’s spent a lot of time brushing up on brews. In 2014, he created a different beer portrait for all 365 days.

“Alaska Brewing Company, Sleeping Lady, King Street,” he listed a couple of local breweries he worked with. “It’s been a great project for me anyway.”

Clendaniel says his new series should be less daunting than his “Year of Beer.”

For his latest project, Thirsty Thursday, he recreates famous works from the past and puts his own spin on them. Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became Clendaniel’s “The Scream over an Empty Pint.”

“It’s fun because it gives me a platform to educate the beer community about art history but also have a lot of fun with beer,” he said.

His wife Maria Benner is also his business manager. She’s in charge of social media and getting his brews up on his blog.

“I love being a part of the craft beer community in Anchorage and also on the Internet, so really across the country and the world,” Benner said. “We even sold some paintings to Australia, Great Britain and Japan.”

The pinks in the sky faded to purples and blues as Clendaniel put the finishing touch on his piece.

“I think I’m about done with this. The light’s going, it’s really close. Give it the old John Hancock and call it done,” he smiled.

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