Janel Acheson


Janel Huntzicker Acheson
909 Yellowstone
Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 220-1021

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.