Kristin Maija Peterson I Works on paper

Beauty In Wild and Messy Spaces of Nature

Momiji © 2020 Kristin Maija Peterson I Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua 6.5” x 5”

Kristin Maija Peterson I Works On Paper

Beauty in the Wild and Messy Spaces of Nature

artwork momiji maple seeds watercolor
Momiji © 2020 Kristin Maija Peterson I Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua 6.5” x 5”

I am a Beauty Hunter.

Through my artwork I represent the wild and the messy, the landscape within a landscape. These are the spaces and places that are almost always overlooked yet their details reveal ecosystems vital to the whole. There is such beauty in the natural chaos of things.

LEFT: Momiji © 2020 Kristin Maija Peterson I Watercolor on Stonehenge Aqua (6.5” x 5”)

ABOVE: Forest Foliage Study © 2021 Kristin Maija Peterson
Watercolor on 300 lb. Fabriano Watercolor Paper  (7” x 5”)


Upcoming Shows



July 24 – October 2, 2021
Opening Reception Saturday, July 24 / 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Presented in partnership with NewStudio Gallery in
St. Paul, Many Waters will be on view in M’s windows along Robert and 4th Streets, its skyway Ecolab Entrance, and at NewStudio Gallery.

After a year on hold, the M’s water-themed exhibition has been rescheduled for this summer. Many Waters:
A Minnesota Biennial
is a look into some of the imaginative and dedicated ways that artists and culture bearers from across the state are engaging with water.

two kids walking through green canopy forest

FROM THE BLOG: Does It Love You?

Kristin Maija Peterson

“Does it love you?” It’s an opposing question to “Do you love your art?” from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book BIG MAGIC: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Artists will say, of course, they love their art, the making of art goes to the very nature of who they are. But does art love you back? Now we get into the area of wanting proof. An artist’s life is not easy. It’s fraught with rejection and frustrations. When putting ourselves out there, showing our work, we are at our most vulnerable.


5% of all Terra Kind Studio’s annual sales of original artwork and prints are donated to nonprofits working on environmental and climate change issues. You can have beauty on your walls while doing good in the world. Thank you.

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Latest Works


This Is Not A Weed

Watercolor on 300lb 100% Cotton Hot Press Fabriano Watercolor Paper. 15” H x 15” W. Unframed. © 2021 Kristin Maija Peterson I 2000 USD

At the center in soft mint green is a Common Mullein. While it is not native to Minnesota prairies, it stands tall longside the wildflowers. Its signagure stalk doesn’t appear until its second year of growth. A member of the Snapdragon (or Figwort) Family, it has many medicinal purposes that I discovered in the The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies: The Healing Power of Plant Medicine by Nicole Apelian, Ph.D and Claude Davis. I no longer lable plants as “weeds” as they are probably good for something or someone.

All artwork shown on this website is protected by copyright law and can not be reproduced without expressed written permission by the artist.
Be kind and share but don’t steal.


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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p: 651 318 7100

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