Former Plano, Texas artist and founding member of Gallery VIII, Martha Rea Baker now lives in Santa Fe, NM where she works in a light filled studio with a view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She enjoys working in various mediums including oil mixed with cold wax, encaustic hot wax, and acrylic. Characteristic of Baker’s work is a textural surface, often enriched with incised or drawn lines. Gaining much of her inspiration from travels and study in Greece, Italy, Russia, France, Mexico and the American Southwest, Baker enjoys creating abstract designs inspired by the passage and effects of time.
After receiving her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Martha Rea Baker continued her art studies in her native Texas, relocating to New Mexico in 2006. As a “signature member” of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and the Mississippi Watercolor Society, her highly collected paintings have been chosen for national and international invitational exhibitions. Her work has been published in Southwest Art Magazine, Watercolor Magazine, and the book, Splash V, the Best of Watercolor, the Glory of Color. In addition, Baker’s paintings have been selected for many private and corporate collections, including Wyndham and Hilton Hotels.
Martha Rea Baker is pleased to be included in this groundbreaking book on the subject of cold wax medium co-written by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin. The book is currently at the printer and will be available soon.
Baker began adding cold wax medium to oil paint in 2013 and has enjoyed the textures, transparency and enhanced drying time afforded by the cold wax.
Albuquerque Museum Foundation Miniatures and More Exhibition, 2016
For the second straight year, Martha’s work was chosen by the Jury committee to be included in this exhibition benefiting the Albuquerque Museum Art and History.
Featured in the upcoming book, Wabi-Sabi, Painting with Cold Wax, by Serena Barton, published by North Light and due out August 15, 2015
Featured artist in the Winter Edition of the online Encaustic Magazine published by the Encaustic Arts Institute.
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January, 2015 was Martha Rea Baker’s tenth year to attend the annual “Artists WithOut Limits” painting retreat in the Texas Hill Country. She looks forward to beginning each new year with intensive studio time and creativity. On this year’s trip, Martha worked on panels using heavy body and fluid acrylic paint to create landscape based abstracts. In addition to creating two 24″ square paintings for the Hill Country Arts Foundation’s AWOL Exhibition, Martha painted four larger panels for her galleries in Santa Fe, NM and Jackson, MS.
Three of the paintings are posted below and were inspired by Martha’s travels to Malaga, Spain and the Costa del Sol in October of 2015.
Colores de Malaga V 30″ x 30″ Acrylic on Panel
Colores de Malaga VI 30″ x 30″ Acrylic on Panel
Pequeno Pueblo Blanco 40″ x 30″ Acrylic on Panel
MARTHA REA BAKER GALLERY
Melted Pigmented Beeswax Fused with Heat
A New Day I and II 40″ x 30″ each
Desert Rhythms I and II 24″ x 18″ each
Oil Paint mixed with Cold Wax Medium
Crossing the River Dordogne 48″ x 36″
Excavation IV 72″ x 54″ Excava
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Martha Rea Baker is represented by:
Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson, Mississipppi