The Origins Collection


The Story Behind Origins

Back when I was in seventh grade, I had a wonderful biology teacher, Mr. Anderson. At the beginning of the school year, our class was learning the names and characteristics of deciduous trees growing in my hometown.

Knocking on neighbors’ doors, asking permission to claim a sample from a tree growing in their yard, my collection of leaves grew and so did my love of trees, nature, and the science of biology. Mr. Anderson taught us how to press our collected leaves and then went on to teach us the families, genus, and species of other plants, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.

I didn’t understand the inter-connectedness of all living things until much later. I didn’t understand the true nature of trees until much later either — that trees are social, intelligent, sentient beings. And I realized I had forgotten most of their names, that I couldn’t identify the trees I passed by on my morning walks.

I wanted a method to fix that, to recall their names, their relations, and their histories in a meaningful way. So I went to the trees’ origins, that is their seeds, to create a “sticky visual memory” and inspiration for this small and intimate arbor collection. 

Listen to the wisdom of trees
For trees know that you can be still
and grow at the same time.


Bring the beauty and grace of a tree’s origins into your home.

White Ash Samara Botanical Watercolor Print Framed

MANY OARS. White Ash Samara (Seeds) Watercolor Print

four white spruce cones botanical watercolor limited edition print shown framed in home setting

FOUR SISTERS. White Spruce Cones Watercolor Print

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.

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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 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