Martha Rea Baker

Artist's Bio

Martha Rea Baker grew up in Clinton, MS and attended the University of Mississippi before graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in English Literature in 1965. Pursuing her lifelong love of art, Baker studied painting and printmaking at the University of Dallas and Collin College in Plano, TX as well as art foreign studies in Greece, Italy, Russia, France, the Czech Republic and Spain. She now resides in Santa Fe, NM where she paints in a light filled studio with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

 Martha Rea Baker is a signature member of the Mississippi Watercolor Society and The Southwestern Watercolor Society. Her work has been included in over 85 invitational and group exhibitions, including Watercolors Without Boundaries in Milan, Italy in 2001. 

 Baker works primarily in acrylic and encaustic (melted beeswax, fused with heat).

 

Artist Statement

 My paintings begin with an idea or feeling. It could be a memory of a time and place, music, poetry or observations of nature. I usually have a color tone in mind, one that conveys the mood of the original idea. However once I start to paint, I don’t force the issue. I begin with automatic drawing in charcoal and oil pastel followed by spontaneous layers of color, remaining in this “non-thinking” state as long as possible. I allow the painting to have a life of its own, each line, brushstroke and layer informing the next. I hope to achieve a bit of mystery in my work, inviting the viewer to bring his personal experience to the painting.

 

MRB221 Traces of Time III 12.5 x 12.5 Mixed Media Oil Cold Wax on Panel.jpg
MRB221 Traces of Time III 12.5 x 12.5 Mixed Media Oil Cold Wax on Panel.jpg
MRB222 Soleil I 30 X 20 Acrylic on Paper
MRB222 Soleil I 30 X 20 Acrylic on Paper
MRB254 Giverny Morning 36 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas.jpg
MRB254 Giverny Morning 36 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas.jpg
MRB255 Playful Patchwork I  32 x 32 Mixed Media on Panel
MRB255 Playful Patchwork I 32 x 32 Mixed Media on Panel
MRB256 Playful Patchwork I  32 x 32 mixed media.JPG
MRB256 Playful Patchwork I 32 x 32 mixed media.JPG
MRB257 Traces of Time V 12.5 x 12.5 Mixed Media Oil and Cold Wax on Panel.jpg
MRB257 Traces of Time V 12.5 x 12.5 Mixed Media Oil and Cold Wax on Panel.jpg
MRB258 Traces of Time VI 12.5 x 12.5 Mixed Media Oil Cold Wax on Panel.jpg
MRB258 Traces of Time VI 12.5 x 12.5 Mixed Media Oil Cold Wax on Panel.jpg
MRB282 Tide Pool II 36 x 36 Mixed Media on Panel
MRB282 Tide Pool II 36 x 36 Mixed Media on Panel
MRB290 Giverny Memory I 40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB290 Giverny Memory I 40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB291 Giverny Memory II 40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB291 Giverny Memory II 40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB297 Gesture 3 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB297 Gesture 3 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB298 Costs del Sol I | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB298 Costs del Sol I | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB299 Costa del Sol 1 _ 12 x 8.5 Encaustic on Paper.jpg
MRB299 Costa del Sol 1 _ 12 x 8.5 Encaustic on Paper.jpg
MRB300 Costa del Sol 3 | 12 x 8.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB300 Costa del Sol 3 | 12 x 8.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB302 Costo Del Sol 5 | 11 x 7.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB302 Costo Del Sol 5 | 11 x 7.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB303 Costo Del Sol 6 | 11 x 7.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB303 Costo Del Sol 6 | 11 x 7.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB304 Costa Del Sol 5 | 11 x 7.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB304 Costa Del Sol 5 | 11 x 7.5 Encaustic on Paper
MRB305 Neutral Pour I  16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB305 Neutral Pour I 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB306 Neutral Pour 2 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper.jpg
MRB306 Neutral Pour 2 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper.jpg
MRB307 Neutral Pour 3 | 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB307 Neutral Pour 3 | 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB320 Dordogne II 60 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB320 Dordogne II 60 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB321 A Stitch in Time 48 x 48 Mixed Media on Canvas
MRB321 A Stitch in Time 48 x 48 Mixed Media on Canvas
MRB331 Rhythm & Hues 10 | 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB331 Rhythm & Hues 10 | 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB337 The Rosie Effect 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB337 The Rosie Effect 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB338 Gesture 4 | 36 x 60 Oil on Canvas
MRB338 Gesture 4 | 36 x 60 Oil on Canvas
MRB340 Cascade 2 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB340 Cascade 2 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB342 Cascade 4 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB342 Cascade 4 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB344 Cascade 6 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB344 Cascade 6 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB345 Cascade 7 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB345 Cascade 7 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB347 Cascade 9 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB347 Cascade 9 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB349 Cascade 11 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB349 Cascade 11 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB351 Cascade 13 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB351 Cascade 13 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB352 Cafe au Lait 60 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB352 Cafe au Lait 60 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB353 Spring Song 60 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB353 Spring Song 60 x 48 Acrylic on Canvas
MRB355 Mystic White 2 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB355 Mystic White 2 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB356 Mystic White 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB356 Mystic White 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB358 Mystic White 5 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB358 Mystic White 5 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB360 Gray on Gray 1 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB360 Gray on Gray 1 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB361 Gray on Gray 2 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB361 Gray on Gray 2 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB362 Gray on Gray 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB362 Gray on Gray 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB363 Gray on Gray 4 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB363 Gray on Gray 4 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB364 Gray on Gray 5 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB364 Gray on Gray 5 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB365 Gray on Gray 6 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB365 Gray on Gray 6 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB366 Ebb & Flow I 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB366 Ebb & Flow I 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB367 Ebb & Flow 2 | 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB367 Ebb & Flow 2 | 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB368 Ebb & Flow 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB368 Ebb & Flow 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB369 Ebb & Flow 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB369 Ebb & Flow 3 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB370 Ebb and Flow 5 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB370 Ebb and Flow 5 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB371 Ebb & Flow 6 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB371 Ebb & Flow 6 | 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB372 Ebb & Flow 7| 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB372 Ebb & Flow 7| 11 x 15 Encaustic on Paper
MRB373 Birds of a Feather 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB373 Birds of a Feather 16 x 20 Encaustic on Paper
MRB388 All That Jazz I 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB388 All That Jazz I 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB389 All That Jazz II 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB389 All That Jazz II 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB390 Nesting 3 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB390 Nesting 3 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB391 Nesting 4 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB391 Nesting 4 12 x 12 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB393 La Mer I 24 x 24 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB393 La Mer I 24 x 24 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB394 La Mer II 24 x 24 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB394 La Mer II 24 x 24 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB395 La Mer III 24 x 24 encaustic on panel.jpg
MRB395 La Mer III 24 x 24 encaustic on panel.jpg