Welcome! Thanks so much for visiting – I’m Kristin Haakenson, and I’m an old soul telling stories with whimsical, nostalgic illustrations.
I’m inspired by folklore, nature, nostalgia, and seasonal & liturgical rhythms, weaving these elements into quiet pictures that look at the world with wonder, give glimpses of mysterious stories, and invoke a comforting sense of hearth + home.
I’m a self-taught artist working in acrylics, colored pencil, & watercolor. My creating happens in my cozy studio on our organic farm in Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley, sheltered by a couple of maple trees that were planted at one of the original homestead sites here over a hundred years ago. The changing seasons on the farm provide a constant backdrop of inspiration.
All of my art is created in memory of my mother, Judy, and my sister, Kathy – the most effervescent, joyous, inspiring women. The world is a brighter place because of them. Their strength taught me to look for pockets of wonder everywhere, even when times are hard, and that’s what I hope to share through my little creations.
Thank you for joining me on the journey – feel free to reach out & send me a note any time!