Kristin Maija Peterson
Life long practicing visual artist working in watercolor, graphite, pen and ink, oil pastels and the digital arts associated with graphic design.
Growing up in West Central Minnesota, I am prairie-land-water-tree engrained. With a keen interest in the environment and our interconnected, interdependent relationships with it has been an on-going central focus for my work.
Rather than deplict the massive expansives of native prairie or rural settings, I look for the landscapes within landscapes. There I find details, chaos and wildlife connections and work to draw the viewer closer to these spaces that otherwise go unnoticed or demand they be cleared away. These pieces (Thicket Series) are gateways to a different picture of natural spaces and the multipule levels in which the land exisits and provides.
ON BIRDS: Birds, as subject matter, are to capture their personality by their posture, facial expressions and the look in their eye. The physics and mechanics of bird flight is an on-going facination.
ON LITTLE BOOKS (for Grownups): I write, illustrate and construct little stories that are witty, wry and touch adults in the way a favorite picture book would as a child but from the perspective that they know so much more now.
I’ve got a BFA in Studio Fine Arts and Art History, University of Minnesota, Morris.
I’m Principal / Art Director+Designer of Grand Ciel Design, a creative design studio since 1996.
I am Kristin Maija Peterson, a traditional and digital artist working in watercolor, ink, pastels, typography, metal point and book arts. There is something about growing up in West Central Minnesota along the prairies and oak savannas that is intrinsically in me and is reflected in my art. My work focus is on Native Wild Spaces - up close and chaotic. I want to elevate these spaces for their value and purpose, for their regeneration of the land and providing shelter for wildlife.
My style ranges from interpretative realism - post-modern ecological to illustrative storybook whimsy. What ever I create there is a story behind it, either real or slightly made up.