For the Love of Birds

From 2014 to Present

Bringing birds into my repertoire has pulled me out of terrible dry spells and creative funks. I can count on them to lift me up every time. The mechanics of bird flight is an on-going fascination. How ever do they do it? The reality is that there is an on-going decline of bird populations around the world. According to a study published in the journal Science North America alone has nearly three billion fewer birds today compared to 1970—that’s more than 1 in 4 birds that have disappeared from the landscape in the past 50 years. It’s not just threatened species, it’s our backyard favorites that are disappearing, too.

painting of a Northern Flicker sitting in snow

One Snowy Day

Watercolor + Graphite Pencil on 300lb 100% Cotton Hot Press Fabriano Watercolor Paper.
18” H x 15” W. Unframed. 2018 © Kristin Maija Peterson I 900 USD

The Northern Flicker (Woodpecker family) is so striking no matter the season. Alone on a snowy day, I’ve made him a regal general. Though I was nervous about being true to his spotted feather pattern, in the end, I feel I did him justice.

color drawing of a black chicken by Kristin Maija Peterson

Black Smiling Chicken

Color Pencil on Cason Drawing Paper.
17” H x 16.5” W. Unframed. 2019 © Kristin Maija Peterson I 900 USD

While domestic chickens are in no short supply, this is a message on how they should be raised. This lovely gal was running around happily on an organic cloud coffee plantation we visited on the Big Island of Hawaii. Look at those legs! Clearly, she gets a free-range lifestyle.


Featured Work

The Three Muses (Flamingos)

Oil pastel + color pencil on Cason drawing paper.
18.5” x 13” I Unframed I 900 USD
2014 © Kristin Maija Peterson

Puffed (Name Unknown)

Oil pastel + ink on artisan paper.
8” x 5” I Unframed I NFS
2014 © Kristin Maija Peterson

Little Red Bird (Scarlet Tanager)

Oil pastel + ink on artisan paper.
9” x 5.5” I Unframed I NFS
2014 © Kristin Maija Peterson

What Mamas Do (Finches)

Oil pastel + ink on artisan paper.
11.5” x 18.25” I Unframed I 900 USD
2014 © Kristin Maija Peterson

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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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