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Meet Kimberly Bauer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Bauer.

Hi Kimberly, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I really began drawing with a purpose in the fifth grade. My friend Carol and I were always drawing horses. I was raised in a military household and we moved away from Carol but the love of drawing continues. When we moved my drawings changed to other subjects -landscape and figure drawing. Fast forward to college and I learned about printmaking and watercolor!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The journey has had many twists and turns. I used to really struggle with prioritizing time so I would stop the art and do all the other life things. I used to feel like I could not do both – be a good mom/wife, keep a home. Yet my children have taught me I can be all of those things and still make art. My kids have helped slow me down and really enjoy the quick moments that make life wonderful, mysterious and beautiful!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
At university, I took my first course in printmaking and fell in love with all the types and processes of print and watercolor. I learned to explore and push the boundaries of watercolor into monotype. I also thoroughly enjoy woodcut, intaglio, and Whiteline woodcut.

The processes of making to block, carving the rhythm of inking, and the pull of the press all speak to my soul. The process is a reflection of life in the micro reflection of a moment in the cycle of life.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a military family and was able to travel. My parents took us all over Europe but I especially remember going to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and going to a shop that sold etchings. The city itself is fairytale-like. We would also go see the shops that sold beautifully painted Christmas ornaments and towers!

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