kristin maija peterson / Works on paper


Works On Paper

ABOVE: Where The Catbird Sings © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson. Watercolor on 300 lb. Fabriano Watercolor Paper  (36” x 30.5” Framed) 2500 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.


Latest Work

Seven Starlings © Kristin Maija Peterson 2022

Seven Starlings

Archival ink on Mulberry Paper. 30” H x 25.25” W. Unframed. © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson I $2000 USD.


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.


Marina di Chioggia (heirloom pumpkin) Drawing © Kristin Maija Peterson 2022

Maria di Chioggia

Graphite Pencil on TwinRocker Artisan Handmade Paper. 27.5” H x 22” W. Unframed. © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson I $1500 USD.


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

watercolor collection of green mosses growing among colorful vegetation emerging from black volcanic rock found in Duluth, Northshore, Minnesota

Where Else But In Minnesota

My piece Tiny Universes won Best in Show at the Robbin Gallery 27th Annual Extremely Minnesota exhibit that just wrapped up on Sunday, December 4, 2022. This year’s juror was the incredibly accomplished artist and printmaker Amy Sands.


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Please Pardon the Wet Paint

The Terra Kind Studio website is a work in progress. (Websites are never done!) I’m adjusting artwork image sizes (some are 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.

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
beautiful autumn leaf litter found in my side yard
pen and ink illustration of oranges on orange artisan paper by visual artist Kristin Maija Peterson


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.

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