“The moral law lies at the center 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. What is a farm but a mute gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun—it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields.”
– RALPH WALDO EMERSON, ‘NATURE’
Welcome! I’m Kristin Haakenson, an artist & farmer based in the Pacific Northwest. My whimsical, nostalgic art explores how flora & fauna tell the story of different places & times.
I look at Place in layers…the soulful uniqueness inherent in different landscapes, the way the accumulation of history speaks through landscape, and the traditions borne as we situate ourselves in history.
Plantlore & folktales from a variety of places and traditions inspire me, including the plantlore that illustrates the story of the liturgical calendar, as well as Native American plantlore.
I’m also an old soul at heart, being drawn to nostalgic bits and pieces of yesteryear.
I was born & raised in the sweeping prairie of eastern Montana and have settled on our organic farm in Washington’s lush Snoqualmie Valley.
There is a lesson in each flower
A story in each stream and bower;
On every herb o’er which you tread
Are written words which, rightly read,
Will lead you, from earth’s fragrant sod,
To hope, and holiness, and God.
– ALLAN CUNNINGHAM, ‘THE TOWN CHILD AND THE COUNTRY CHILD’
“Landscape is not matter nor merely nature, rather it enjoys a luminosity. Landscape is numinous. Each field has a different name, and in each place something different happened. Landscape has a secret and silent memory, a narrative of presence where nothing is ever lost or forgotten.”
– JOHN O’DONOHUE, ANAM CARA
I’m a self-taught artist working in acrylics, colored pencil, & watercolor. Besides creating 2D art, I love to create playful, interactive paper scenes. My creating happens in a 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.
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 work.
Thanks for following along on my journey – please reach out with any questions or thoughts!