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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″

The Hill Country Paintings 2018


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Once again, the Hill Country Arts Foundation annual retreat provided a creative jump-start to the new year. Martha Rea Baker completed two 40″ x 30″ acrylic/mixed media canvases in the Portal Series.

Portal III & Portal IV

Martha also worked on three 30″ squares inspired by a recent trip to the south of France.

Kerrville 2018

The Hill Country Artis Foundation presented an exhibit of the seventeen artists’ work in the beautiful Duncan-McAshen Visual Art Center on the foundation campus.


Upon arrival this year, Martha painted two 24″ squares which were included in the 2018 AWOL Exhibit., January 12 – February 16.

Provence I&IIProvence I & Provence II    Acrylic on Canvas

Cliffhanger VIII


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Martha Rea Baker continues to work in the Cliffhanger Series. The most recent oil/cold wax painting in this vertical format series is now showing at Owen Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM.


Cliffhanger  VIII         72″ x 24″        Oil/ Cold Wax

Holiday Open House at Brown’s Fine Art


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Downtown Fondren Historic District–Jackson, Mississippi

These 6″ x 6″ encaustic miniatures by Martha Rea Baker will be featured at the annual Holiday Open House at Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS on November 8th, 2017 and at Fondren Unwrapped on December 7th.

WinterGarden I<II<III

Winter Garden I, II, III

Autumn Garden I&II

Autumn Garden I & II

Spring GardenI&II

Spring Garden I, & II

SummerGarden I&II

Summer Garden I & II

New work delivered to Owen Contemporary


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Owen Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa FE, New Mexico has recently received two new encaustic pieces from the Japanese Garden series.

Japanese Garden, Autumn I & II

12″ x 12″ x 2″

Encaustic on Panel

Albuquerque Museum presents: ArtsThrive


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For the third time in as many years, Martha Rea Baker has been selected to exhibit in the Albuquerque Museum of Arts annual gala, ArtsThrive (formerly Miniatures and MORE). Martha will be showing three 12″ x 12″ x 2″ encaustics on panel from her Japanese Garden series.




Art and Travel as Inspiration


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Museum of Fine Arts Boston presents:

Mark Rothko: Reflection

An Immersive display of 11 masterpieces by Mark Rothko (1903-70), on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, invites visitors to contemplate the power of art to shape human experience. the installation opens with Rothko’s early paining Thru the Window (1938), on public view in the US for the first time, and Artist in his Studio (about 1628) by Rembrandt — portraits of artists reflecting on the act of painting. Contrary to notions that Rothko’s work represented a dramatic break past traditions, the side-by-side comparison positions him within the broader history of Western art. The exhibition’s other Rothko paintings showcase the full sweep of his career — from early surrealist work to multiform compositions to classic color field paintings —  and trace his exploration of the expressive  potential of color. Enveloped by the large-scale paintings in an intimate setting, viewers can experience Rothko’s work as the artist had originally intended.


The Rothko’s are presented as part of a larger exhibition entitled, “Seeking Stillness” which leads visitors on a journey of introspection, focusing on themes such as spaces of contemplation; the artistic  process as a form of meditation; and nature as a site for clearing the mind.  Spanning three galleries, “Seeking Stillness” places together works by a broad range of modern and contemporary artists – including Edward Weston, Agnes Martin, Park Seo Bo and Zhan Wang. When viewing the Rothko color field paintings, the viewer is invited to stand in front of the work for a full minute and watch as the  subtle shifts in color emerge.


Below is a slideshow of a few pieces from the Rothko and Seeking Stillness shows, as well as additional favorites, such as the woodblock prints of German printmaker, Christiane Baumgartner. The music accompanying the slide show is by my friend and talented composer, Tobin Mueller, entitled “Sitting with Satie: Conversation & Life” from his album, Impressions of Water and Light, jazz interpretations of Impression era composers such as Satie, Debussy and Ibert.


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.