In Search of Awe / Inspired by Nature

Connect with Nature In A Whole New Way. Art for Nature Inspired Homes.

In Search of Awe in The Natural World

Wecome and hello. I’m Kristin Maija Peterson, an artist who connects people with the everyday, ordinary, and extraordinary facets of the natural world through art, observation, science, and story.

My work represents the wild, the messy, the misunderstood, and the hidden “spaces” within our Midwest landscapes and those I discover abroad. The spaces and places I find intriguing and magical are the ones we often pass over, yet their details and complexities reveal ecosystems vital to the whole and our well-being. There is such awe and beauty in the natural chaos of things.

For every subject I draw, watercolor, or print, I craft a story that blends art with science to give you a deeper understanding and connection to our natural world. Everything is amazing out here.

exhibitions

Showing In April 2024

watercolor of native Gray Dogwood in autumn, white berries, leaves turning cranberry and deep purple

What Is Fierce?

Form + Content Gallery
Juried Group Show I Artists of
the Women’s Art Institute
April 11 – May 18, 2024

A Field Guide to the Birder’s Great Prairie Adventure pen and ink nature poster of plants and animals found living on the great plains of North America

Poet Artist Collaboration

Red Wing Art Depot Gallery
Juried Group Show I Poetry Readings
April 12 – June 9, 2024

See Nature in a New Way

We Will Know When We Get There a new 2023 watercolor by Kristin Maija Peterson as part of her River Divination series

RIVER DIVINATIONS

watercolor of mosses and wild vegetation growing out of rock north shore Duluth Minnesota

VIEWS FROM ABOVE

small bird’s nest made with rough dark plant material interwoven with plastic bag with white lettering

FOR THE LOVE OF BIRDS

large vertical brilliant green detailed watercolor illustrating backyard landscape artist Kristin Maija Peterson let go wild.

NATIVE WILD SPACES

NEW IN THE STUDIO

Cradling

close detailed watercolor of autumn leaf litter in soft pinks, blues, violets, oranges and burnt sienna 20 x 20 inches unframed

To the bumblebee queen, our neighborhood looks like a cold shelterless void. Everyone has raked up all their tree leaves leaving no place for her to hibernate. She is not alone. So many insects depend on leaf litter as a place to hunker down and survive the freezing winter months. Think of the butterfly chrysalises and the moth cocoons, like our beloved Woolly Bear.

There are others that make leaf litter their hibernation home, too, such as worms, mites, millipedes, and spiders who are a food source for other animals. Leaving some or all of your leaves until spring helps ensure biodiversity and balance are sustained.

DETAILS: Watercolor on 300 lb. Fabriano Hotpress watercolor paper,
20 x 20 inches (artwork). The framed size will be about 33 x 33 inches.
Available for sale (framed) $2100. Contact shop@terrakindstudio.com

New watercolor Cradling shown in light pine frame, generous size mat, hanging above wooden shelving in a naturally lit room
new watercolor title cradling shown in light pine frame with generous white mat hangin in a home living room with large arch and natural light coming in from window on the left

Creating art that brings calming awe and the beauty of nature into every room of your home.

By paying attention, being aware, hunting for beauty, I bring you nature-inspired art to enhance your home and your well-being. Introducing ORIGINS, an arbor inspired limited edition botanical style watercolor collection.

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Artist Notes / Explore

You Take the High Road

Low art is a term I was unfamiliar with until I read a post written by artist Breanna Rhodes via Heijeu Arts Central. She recounts in her article how her art professor told her she made low art. It just about crushed her. Had I been told the same thing as a junior in...

Do Artists Need An Elevator Pitch?

Artists have a unique creative way of standing out. Yet, artists need their marketing tools, too. To be honest I never had an elevator pitch. I always took the stairs, having far more to say about my work than I could fit into an elevator ride. But here I am, past my...

No Title Yet. But There is Love.

We use our blogs for many reasons and purposes. Mine has been used to illustrate an artistic life. Sometimes to inform, sometimes to market an upcoming exhibit or show work that doesn’t fit into a collection (yet). What if I occasionally use this space for...

This Artist’s Take On Self-Care

Last Sunday I pushed myself to get ready for my two upcoming exhibits this month. That stint involved framing three pieces (of considerable size) and mounting (gluing) story labels to quarter-inch thick white foam core and cutting them out with a large industrial...

Behind the Scenes

Natural things, references and drawings, studies that sometimes lead to progress, discoveries, and new directions. I have a deep, ongoing curiosity about our relationship with the natural world. How has colonization, hybridization, botanizing landscapes, and other human influences impact life on Earth through out history?

hands holding hard bound book titled familiar wild flowers white aster flowers pressed between pages on dark wooded table surrouned by wildflowers
watercolor pen and ink illustration of a prostrate spurge by visual artist Kristin Maija Peterson
pen and ink illustration of oranges on orange artisan paper by visual artist Kristin Maija Peterson
beautiful autumn leaf litter found in my side yard

Giving Back.

10% of all Terra Kind Studio Co.’s annual art sales are donated to nonprofits devoted to environmental and climate change issues.
By supporting my work as an artist, you’ll have nature’s beauty dressing your walls while doing good in the world.

All artwork is the sole property of Kristin Maija Peterson and is held under copyright, even after purchase. The images, artwork, and contents of this website may not be copied, collected, or used for personal or professional gain without written permission from Kristin Maija Peterson. All images of artwork, sold or otherwise, are retained by Kristin Maija Peterson.

ABOUT

Terra Kind Studio showcases the creative work of visual artist and designer Kristin Maija Peterson. Growing up among prairies, lakes, rivers, and oak savannas along with her project work with environmental organizations have collectively influenced her creative path. Kristin works in watercolor, graphite, color pencil, oil pastels, and pen and ink, interpreting in detail the beautiful chaos she finds in native wild spaces and its inhabitants who call these spaces home. Kristin sees all living creatures as kin and is always kind to spiders.

Be Kind to Everything That Lives.

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