kristin maija peterson / Works on paper
KRISTIN MAIJA PETERSON
Works On Paper
ABOVE: I Will Wait For You Forever © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson. Watercolor on 300 lb. Fabriano Watercolor Paper (28” x 33.5” Framed) 2100 USD
I Am a Beauty Hunter.
My work represents the wild, the messy, the misunderstood, and the “scapes” within our Midwest landscapes. The spaces and places I find intriguing and magical are the ones that are often passed over, yet their details and complexities reveal ecosystems vital to the whole and to our well-being. There is such beauty in the natural chaos of things.
For every piece I draw, watercolor, or print, I craft a story that blends art with science to give you to a deeper understanding and connection to our natural world. Everything is amazing out here.
IN THE STUDIO
Archival ink on Mulberry Paper. 30” H x 25.25” W. Unframed. © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson I $2000 USD.
ABOUT THIS PIECE
On a cloudy late March afternoon, they landed on my deck’s railing, seven of them to be exact. (Yes, I counted). I had never seen anything so striking, so stunning, birds bejeweled, fitting for an Egyptian pharaoh’s throne.
What I had seen was the European Starling, introduced to America in 1890 when 60 birds were released into New York’s Central Park. A group of romantics wanted America to have every bird mentioned by Shakespeare exist in the country. Since then, starlings have become one of North America’s most disdained invasive bird species.
Maria di Chioggia
Graphite Pencil on TwinRocker Artisan Handmade Paper. 27.5” H x 22” W. Unframed. © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson I $1500 USD.
ABOUT THIS PIECE
It’s been a while since I took on a large drawing and those curious bumpy pumpkins I found at The Acreage at Osceola gave me the nudge. Discovering I had a stockpile of TwinRocker handmade artisan papers stashed in my studio gave me the nudge beyond the nudge. If you have never heard of TwinRocker papers, their origin story is worth a gander.
Ever curious, the best backstory I could find about my bumpy specimen* is it’s an Italian heirloom whose name comes from a seaside village of Venice, Maria di Chioggia (also called Chioggia Sea Pumpkin). The bulgy rolls are the result of sugars building up under the skin. I could say the same happens to humans after partaking in too much Halloween candy.
Best In Show
Please Pardon the Wet Paint
The Terra Kind Studio website is a work in progress. I am adjusting artwork image sizes (some are way too big to see fully, even on a desktop computer) and doing a bit of styling because I can do that sort of thing. Thank you for your patience and for stopping by!
Behind the Scenes
Natural things, references and drawings, doodles that lead to progress. Just stuff that delights.
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 shown on this website is protected by copyright law and can not be reproduced without expressed written permission by Kristin Maija Peterson.
If you like what you see here, 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.