Bauknight was born and raised in Conway, SC, and developed a love for the beach at a young age, that love has only grown with time. "My affinity for the coast served as the springboard for my work from the very earliest stages," said Bauknight. "I believe God puts us on earth to serve as a conduit to pass on to others what comes to us. If someone looks at my work and can feel the love and joy I try to express -- well, that's my definition of success." Bauknight graduated from Columbia College and then attended the Atlanta Art Institute. An extremely versatile artist, her style ranges from the full impressionistic to the very finely detailed painting, stressing form, color and mood. She has worked in all mediums, but has chosen oils and pastels to express her love of the landscapes, seascapes, flowers and people of South Carolina.