Folk art & farm life in the Pacific Northwest
“The moral law lies at the centre of nature and radiates to the circumference. It is the pith and marrow of every substance, every relation, and every process. All things with which we deal, preach to us.”– RALPH WALDO EMERSON, ‘NATURE’ –
Thank you so much for visiting – my name is Kristin Haakenson, and I create whimsical folk art on our organic farm here in Washington’s beautiful Snoqualmie Valley.
Our life on the farm inherently revolves around the seasons, and from the banks of the river, to the fields of crops & animals out on pasture, to the wooded hillside, it provides the ever-changing backdrop for my little art creations season after season. In October, when our pumpkin patch is in full-swing and we’re serving fresh-pressed apple cider, my sketchbooks fill up with Jack-o-Lanterns, falling leaves, candles, bats, ravens…each season brings its own fresh inspiration. (But I’m an Autumn girl at heart!)
I’m a self-taught artist working mostly in acrylics or colored pencil. Much of my creating & researching happens in my cozy studio, sheltered by a couple of maple trees that were planted at one of the original homestead sites here over a hundred years ago.
My paintings and drawings are inspired by faith, nature, yesteryear, folklore, & tradition. I like to create little snippets of narratives in my art, and an array of whimsical animals usually act as the storytellers.
Thank you for joining me on the journey – feel free to reach out & send me a note any time!
“There is a lesson in each flower,-A. CUNNINGHAM-
A story, in each stream and bower;
On every herb which you tread,
Are written words, which rightly read,
Will lead you from earth’s fragrant sod,
to Hope, to Holiness, and God.”
(Sourced from “Wildflowers and Their Teachings” by M. M. Howard)