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Welcome to Studio  Tres Picos, the studio of  Martha Rea Baker in the Art Barns at Old Road Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico! From this site the artist will keep you informed on new work, exhibitions and events. What a joy to be painting in an area so rich in history and culture!

Martha is a visual artist creating abstract paintings in oil/cold wax, acrylic and encaustic.

With her move to Santa Fe in 2006, came an opportunity to study the art of painting with hot wax. Encaustic is an ancient medium of melted beeswax and resin, fused with heat. The luminosity, depth, and richness of color achieved by working with this process is difficult to duplicate in any other medium.

Encaustic   40″ x 30″ each

Martha has also added the process of mixing Gamblin cold wax medium with oil paint to achieve a rich textural surface. This mixture has proven excellent for expressing the passage of time and its effects on our environment.

Dordogne River Valley

Oil/Cold Wax    40″ x 30″

Martha Rea Baker


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Martha Rea Baker surrounded by paintings soon to be delivered to Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM for the July 21st opening of the two-person exhibit Surfaces and Shapes. 


Surfaces and Shapes


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 July 21 – August 3, 2017 – Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.


MARTHA REA BAKER has completed new work for the upcoming exhibit in oil/cold wax on panel and acrylic on canvas. 


Danube I, II, III         30″ x 30″ each         Oil/cold wax on panel

Canyonlands III

Canyonlands III      48″ x 60″      Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Butterfly effect

The Butterfly Effect III    30″ x 30″    Acrylic mixed media on canvas


Contemplation IV, V, VI, VII, VIII   (studio shot)

24″ x 6″, 8″, 6′, 12″, 6″       Oil/cold wax on Panel

Watch for more work to be posted soon—-

Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts a & Conversations

Cold Wax Book cover

MARTHA REA BAKER is honored to have two paintings reproduced in this recently published book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations co-authored by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.


A detail of the oil/cold wax painting, White Village – Costa del Sol, 74″ x 66″, is shown at the beginning of Chapter 12. This painting was inspired by a trip to Malaga, Spain in 2014.

Cliffhanger II

Cliffhanger II, oil/cold wax on canvas,  60″ x 36″  from 2013, is reproduced in Chapter 1.

Owen Contemporary presents: Martha Rea Baker & Bret Price Shapes and Surfaces


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Fri, Jul 21, 2017 5:00pm Thu, Aug 3, 2017 5:00pm
Shapes and Surfaces
Martha Rea Baker and Bret Price

SANTA FE, NM. Owen Contemporary is delighted to announce Shapes and Surfaces, a duet exhibition featuring new works by New Mexico abstract painter Martha Rea Baker and California sculptor Bret Price.

The surface is the viewer’s introduction to each painting created by Martha Rea Baker. The texture, color, shapes, and value all may spark an idea, convey a message or evoke an emotion. However, the surface also begs the question, “What lies below?” In each painting a history is built through multiple layers of paint application, mark making and drawing, removal and veiling of information. It is the artist’s intent that the surface of the painting will draw the viewer in to discover that the work is more than skin deep.

Baker’s new body of work continues to be land-based, inspired by the textures, colors and light of the Southwest landscape–ancient landforms affected by the passage of time —- natural weathering and human intervention.

Born in Corsicana, Texas and raised in Clinton, Mississippi, Baker attended the University of Mississippi and received her BA from University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued her art studies at the University of Dallas and Collin College in Texas as well as European studies. Since 2006 Baker has resided in Santa Fe where she has become a well-established abstract artist.

La Mer Suite for Brown’s Fine Art


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New Martha Rea Baker encaustics have been shipped to Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS for the Spring season.

La Mer Suite    24″ x 24″ each


New Encaustics for Owen Contemporary


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Martha Rea Baker has been working with hot wax for the last month. She has delivered two new panels to Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM.


Desert Cadence             36″ x 48″           Encaustic on Panel

Japanese Garden IV, 24″ x 24″ x 2″ is the companion to Japanese Garden III, previously delivered the gallery.

Texas Hill Country Paintings 2017


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Martha Rea Baker recently completed two additional paintings from the 2017 Hill Country Arts Foundation art retreat.


Canyonlands I and II      24″ x 12″ each      Acrylic/mixed media on Panel

This diptych, created with liquid and heavy body acrylic paints on Ampersand 2″ cradled Gessobord, is enhanced with oil pastel and  china  marker line work.

A studio shot of Martha showing work created during the retreat–a productive start to 2017!


Cold Wax Medium


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Martha Rea Baker is honored to be included in this upcoming book co-authored by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin on the subject of cold wax medium. This much anticipated book, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts and Conversations is currently at the printers and will be available soon.


Hill Country Arts Foundation 2017


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Martha Rea Baker recently returned from her twelfth year attending the non-assisted annual art retreat in Ingram, TX at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. She worked in acrylic on canvases and panels, finishing two paintings and four more nearing completion.


Portal I                          30″ x 30″ x 2″                    Acrylic on Panel


Portal II                      30″ x 30″ x 2″                        Acrylic on Panel

Stay tuned—–more work will be posted when finished!