“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’  –

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!

Best wishes,
Kristin


“There is a lesson in each flower,
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.”

– A. CUNNINGHAM –