About Me & Behind the Name

My name is Krista O'Halpin. I am a Seattle, Washington-based artist, and designer behind Strange in Nature Studio.

I aim to create original art that is true to myself while practicing ethically and sustainably to help build a world where we can all 'feel good about being strange'. 

Growing up in the bible belt left little room for interpretation beyond the surface-level looks of what I created. It was scary, it was chaotic, it was dark and it was not acceptable. Furthermore, my childhood as an undiagnosed autistic woman made it easy for me to be the odd one out, and eventually, start to feel it. One night, my husband was singing a cute little song about me and described me as 'strange'. I immediately felt a connection and knew it truly was the perfect encapsulation of myself, it was my word. 

Nature has many meanings. It can simply be described as 'the distinguishing characteristic of a person or thing", or even "just the way something is". There is of course the environmental aspect of the world and the complexities, horrors, magical, uniqueness, unpredictableness, and of course, the beauty that comes from the floral and fauna that make up 'nature' as we know it. After I moved to the Pacific Northwest, these aspects of our physical world helped me grow to appreciate those aspects of myself.

Therefore, my art is strange in nature

but most importantly, I am strange in nature