In Search of Awe / Drawn from Nature

Connect with Nature In A Whole New Way. Original and Limited edition Prints Available for sale.

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


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


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


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


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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visual artist Kristin Maija Peterson working on watercolor in her studio surrounded by her other framed watercolors

In Search for Awe.

People ask me where the inspiration for my work comes from. I say “Everything outside my front door.” That’s not to say everything is inspirational. I hunt for beauty and awe where and when I am out in the natural world.

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 vital to our well-being. There is such awe and beauty in the natural chaos of things. Food is medicine. Nature is therapy.

For every piece 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.



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. Interested? Contact

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


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...

A Little Chaos

The watercolor shown above is a project of two years in planning and commemorates a time and place that defies accepted lawn maintenance practices and aesthetics. What follows is the story of A Little Chaos.  People who know me know I changed addresses a lot (12...

Paper Houses

What To Do With A Painting Gone Wrong. I’ve been witnessing what a few artists are doing with a painting gone wrong on Instagram. Some are cutting their paintings up and reworking them into a collage. So much better! It changes the perspective and they don’t feel so...

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


10% of all Terra Kind Studio’s annual sales of original artwork and prints are donated to nonprofits working on environmental and climate change issues. By supporting this local artist, you can have beauty on 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.


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 nonprofit 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 within native wild spaces and its inhabitants found living there. She sees all living creatures as kin and is always kind to spiders.

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