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

Welcome! Thanks so much for visiting – I’m Kristin Jurist Haakenson, and I’m an old soul telling stories with nostalgic paintings and whimsical illustrations.

Through my art, I explore a Sense of Place + Past – the heart of landscape – and the way it weaves into our own human experience. I look at Place in both a geographic and a temporal sense…the uniqueness of inherent in landscapes, and the way the accumulation of history & memory speaks through them.

I was born & raised in the Yellowstone Valley of eastern Montana and have settled on our organic farm in Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley. These two river valleys formed me; my inspiration is fueled by these homeplaces, the inspiring spaces I’ve traveled to, and the history whispering through all of them.

My work also explores the seasonal rhythms of the liturgical calendar, made especially poignant for me as these ancient agrarian traditions weave into life on our farm.

I’m a self-taught artist working in acrylics, colored pencil, watercolor, & collage. For collage work, I collect antique labels, photos, and documents, and these provide historical inspiration and context for my paintings. 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.

Thank you for joining me on the journey – feel free to reach out & send me a note any time!

Best wishes,