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Fine art quality oil paintings inspired by nature.

Artist Statement:

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t creating, drawing or painting. I grew up watching my mom, Lois Huntzicker, who is an artist, create realistic graphite drawings that captured every detail and the complete essence of her animal subjects. I developed a respect and passion for art as I watched her as an artist and helped her at all of her art shows. There was one particular moment that I remember sneaking into my mom's studio and making my own contribution to one of her drawings. I don't think she knows about that, so my addition must have been ok. Knowing I had this passion for the arts at a very young age helped me discover my path. I earned a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Montana State University in 2009. My contemporary fine art training at MSU as well as the artists that I grew up around at local art shows helped me on my path to find my artistic voice.

I have 'dabbled' in all different artistic mediums, but for me there is nothing that speaks to me more than a tube of oil paint. I love everything about oil paint, from the smell and texture to the vibrant colors and the visual depth achieved by layering the colors. It is difficult for me to articulate my paintings and the meaning behind them. I paint what inspires me, and while developing each piece I trust my instincts and 'gut feeling' to determine composition, colors and every detail of the piece. Through my paintings I strive to capture the entire essence of a moment - from the unique personality of an animal, to the feeling of a moment felt in a landscape.

Why I paint what I paint:

Today I had a fellow artist tell me that my paintings were "true to nature" and that it was "refreshing to see". This was an amazing compliment, which got me thinking - why is it so important to me to me that my paintings capture an honest, unfiltered moment of nature.

I grew up with Montana's wilderness as my playground. We lived far enough out of town that my weekends were spent playing in the mud, catching frogs and turning a densely overgrown piece of the forest into a playhouse with my sister. We were fortunate to have all the best of Montana's nature right outside our backdoor. This is the first key to why it is so important to me to have some hint or aspect of nature in all of my artwork - simply stated, it is what inspires me and what I can relate to.

Through my artwork I strive to bring a level of respect to my animal subjects, large, small, feathery and fuzzy. I am especially interested in capturing their 'reality', which includes every quark and imperfection. I would like to note that I believe something's imperfections are what make them unique and special. This is one of the keys to why I paint what I paint and the subjects I choose.

There is something honest and pure about someone's character when they let their own quirky imperfections show. I work to highlight that honesty in my artwork. I strive to have my paintings be true to the subject's nature. Without that level of honesty, I don't think you can truly experience the subject in it's entirety.

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I take pride in the quality supplies that I use. I like to ensure that every painting and print will have a long, archival life with as little color fading as possible.


I use Michael Harding oil paints, the reason I chose this specific brand is that they are made by hand using techniques which date back to the days of the Old Masters. They have an ideal texture for layering colors and creating a visual, complex color depth. Michael Harding paints are PACKED full of pigments, the greater the pigment content of a paint the greater the resistance it has to fading. I love the archival quality of this paint, as well as the vibrant color that is achieved with such a quality paint.

Canvas and Linen Board:

I paint on archival linen and archival canvas board. The reason I choose this surface is because the board keeps the fabric surface extremely tight with minimal flexing that could potentially damage the painting. I also like the thinner surface because it is much easier to frame. (Usually stretched canvas is slightly thicker than a frame will fit, which makes the frame not sit flat against the wall.) I am sure to use only archival quality painting surfaces to ensure there will be minimal warping and damage due environmental effects over time.

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  • Janel Acheson

    Owner, Artist, Oil Painting

    I have been an artist my whole life. I earned a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Montana State University in 2009. My contemporary fine art training as well as inspiration from other artists have helped my find my artistic voice.

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