Meet The Artist

Welcome To My World of Nature and Story

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


Being in the studio is being home. Creating artwork is what makes me whole. Since I was a little girl, growing up on the prairie in west central Minnesota, nature has fueled my imagination and my work. Instead of visas and expansive landscapes, I focus on the hidden, yet amazing spaces within the landscape. These are the places most always overlooked, yet they are universes vital to the ecosystem as a whole.

Many of my subjects are found right outside my front door or in my garden. Other times, they are found while walking through my favorite regional parks and through travel. I learned that awe is an experience vital to our well-being. Through my work, I reveal that awe can be found in ordinary, extraordinary facets of nature. This is how I connect others with nature in a whole new way.

Terra Kind Studio Co. is the creation of visual artist, writer, art director, and graphic designer Kristin Maija Peterson who shows and sells original works and fine art prints through her online shop. She calls herself a beauty hunter and is a huge fan of Beatrix Potter, Georgia O’Keeffe, and the many amazing women artists she has gotten to know.
One of Kristin’s greatest joys is bringing the diverse beauty of the natural world into people’s lives.

A Few More Details

  • An honors graduate of the University of Minnesota-Morris (1984) with a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History
  • Attended St. Catherine University Women’s Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive (2019)
  • Spent the past 25 as an art director and graphic designer, running a branding design studio (Grand Ciel Design Co.)
  • Transitioning to life as a full-time artist in 2020 (I’ve been one all my life. That first box of crayons was transformative)
  • Work in watercolor, ink, and graphite, exploring other mediums and techniques, anxious to get back into printmaking and book arts
  • Current studio is and has been a spare bedroom (dreaming of a big bright, naturally lit studio to spread out in)
  • Never been handy with glue. Don’t ask me to glue any thing, ever!
  • Seriously obsessed with surface pattern design. Been studying how to make patterns in the background for the past 2 years.

On a Personality Note

I’m curious about what makes people who they are given we are a mash of experiences, tastes, eccentricities, culture, language, what pisses us off, and what gives us joy. Naturally, I am curious about what makes me tick. These are a few of the things I found out based on tests and scales. They’re intriguing, all taken with a grain of salt.

PRONOUNS: she/her/hers
(Why Pronouns Matter)

MYERS-BRIGGS: INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging) That would be me alright. The judging took me aback. I don’t or want to ever judge people. Judging must mean gaging, sizing up a situation, etc.

STRENGTH FINDER 2.0: Input, Learner, Empathy, Intellection, Connectedness

SPARKATYPE: I am a Maven and a Maker. That is, I will dive headfirst into researching and learning what I need to know to make something. But as soon as I feel I know enough, I start the process of making. Making art, making websites, making poems, making a garden, making a sweater, making a souffle, making a mess…
(Learn more about Sparkatypes)

I’m all on board about the creative nature of 4s, but there is this tendency for self-absorption that makes me cringe. Being aware this can creep up, I do my best to counter it by actively listening and empathizing with others.

CATS OR DOGS? Both and have lived with both. Currently pet-less, I am drawn to all animals. Horses, birds, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, manta rays, whales, and even spiders!

From the Practical Art World

In describing artwork dimensions, the standard is to list the height first, then the width, then the depth, if applicable.
That’s how artwork dimensions will be listed on Terra Kind Studio Co. (True confession, I have been stating artwork
dimensions wrong for years!)


Make Yourself at Home

metal point drawing of a single catbird by artist Kristin Maija Peterson


While they are ubiquitous, our lives would be silent without them.

page spead HOPE from the book Eyewitness Minnesotan Voices on Climate Change


Featured in the Climate Generation’s EYEWITNESS: Minnesota Voices
on Climate Change

watercolor of bright orange peel fungi by Kristin Maija Peterson


Hunting for beauty in the wild and messy spaces that go unnoticed. (Unless you happen to be a bright orange peel fungi.)

drawing-mixed media of honey bee on handmade paper


Series produced during St. Catherine University Women’s Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive.

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.


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.

Terra Kind Studio Co. logo in terra cotta color

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