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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  Desert Cadence

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.



Canyonlands IV 48″ x48″ SOLD

Oil/Cold Wax

Baker paintings chosen for publication in 2019


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Martha Rea Baker’s painting, Dordogne Revisited II will be featured on the upcoming 2019 Collector’s Guide Fall/Winter cover in Santa Fe, NM.

Also, the April/May issue of the Santa Fean magazine includes Baker’s Canyonlands IV in the Lifestyle section showcasing a new home in The Compound at Monte Sereno.

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The Bar Bulletin, the Official Publication of the State Bar of New Mexico chose Excavation IV, by Martha Rea Baker for the cover of the May, 2019 issue.

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After a couple of years of intense work in the studio, including numerous commissions and several shows, the artist has updated the OIL/COLD WAX and ACRYLIC pages found in the menu at the top of each page.

The Hill Country Annual Retreat post has also been updated.

Please take a look at the 2018 and 2019 additions on the pages mentioned above.

Most recently Martha Rea Baker has worked on a series of  tall vertical panels in oil mixed with cold wax and enhanced with line work in oil pastels and china markers for Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM.



A wedding in Amelia Island, FL was the inspiration for a 36″ x 60″ acrylic on canvas for Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS.


Amelia Island 60″ x 48″

The Hill Country Paintings 2019


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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 three 30″ acrylic squares inspired by a recent trip to the south of France.

HCAFtryptych.jpg       Navigation I                                      Dordogne Revisited II                                       Navigation II


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.


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.

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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.