But in addition to acting, she has been drawing since around age twelve.
Examples of her beautiful and accomplished representational still life, landscape and portrait paintings are displayed on her site www.kristinbauer.com and were also presented in a gallery show in San Marino, CA last year.
She notes on her site, “I have kept it up out of pleasure and also a needed sanctuary from the harder parts of life.”
Creative expression as a refuge, even a force for healing, is a motivation for many creative people.
“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing.”
Julia Cameron, from her book The Artist’s Way – quoted on the site of The Arts and Healing Network.
Judith Orloff M.D. thinks “Creativity is the mother of all energies, nurturer of your most alive self. It charges up every part of you.”
[From her book Positive Energy. Also hear my audio podcast interview: Judith Orloff, MD on Emotional Freedom.]
Bauer says one of the inspirations for her art is a “need to unwind and sort of recuperate and do something because acting is this huge group production.
“And you try to, you know, get as much of yourself into the role as much as you can and bring that character to life. But then again, somebody wrote it, someone dressed you, someone built the set and someone did your hair and make-up and it’s just this enormous collaboration.
“But painting is just ME. It’s just the polar opposite and somehow it balances the craziness of acting.”
[From “True Blood’s Kristin Bauer actress and artist” on www.trueblood-online.com]
In another interview, Bauer describes more about how painting helps her.
“The other thing about acting is, all day long you are surrounded and communicating with a hundred people, and in between every take, hair and make-up and wardrobe people come over and touch you. So you’re literally being touched and talked to for 16 hours.
“When I’m painting, every single part of it is the opposite. I only create what I want to create, every single decision is mine, and nobody gets any input whatsoever. It’s silence, no one talks to you, nobody sees you.
“After every take they say ‘would you like a chair, would you like some water?’ Painting, no, I’ve got to get up and go get my food, the chair is only there if I put it there. Which is why I didn’t become a professional artist first, because it’s kind of lonely.
“But when I’ve been working a lot, I really need that quiet down time where I create something on my own to recuperate.” [From TheCelebrityCafe.com interview.]
Creating can be rejuvenating for Bauer and other artists – and for anyone – also because it can be a means to explore and release deeper levels of ourselves.
Talking about her work in expressive arts therapy, Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., (founder of the Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute, and daughter of Carl Rogers) says “The creative process is a life force energy. If offered in a safe, empathic, non-judgmental environment, it is a transformative process for constructive change.” [From her article Giving Life to Carl Rogers Theory of Creativity.]