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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.



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.


Mixed Media-Oil-Cold Wax-Oil Pastel

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!

A New Year!


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Japanese Garden III                 30″ x 30″                  Encaustic on Panel

With this last painting completed in 2016 we send warm wishes for a creative and productive new year! Martha Rea Baker will be returning to the Texas Hill Country for her twelvth annual January painting retreat. The Hill Country Arts Foundation provides an inspirational setting for both visual and performing arts and is an excellent resource for professional artists and students, alike.

Stay tuned — we will post work completed during the retreat which culminates with an exhibit in the Duncan-McAshan Visual Arts Center on the HCAF campus.

Cheers, Studio Tres Picos and Martha Rea Baker



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A recent visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was a special treat!


Martha Rea Baker descending a staircase


Tony Smith’s  Smoke


Toba Khedoori’s Drawings


Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time

Rivera, “Sailor at Lunch”                                 Picasso, “Student with Newspaper”

Small Works for the Holidays


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Small Works for the Holidays!

Owen Contemporary

Reception December 9th,  5-7pm
In conjunction with the Santa Fe Film Festival
Canyon Road Art Crawl

Treat yourself or someone you love to an original piece of art! 
Several of our artists have created unique gems for the holidays.
Please click on an image to view our website for all available works and sizes!


Martha Rea Baker, Desert Rhythms 15, 16, 17, 6×6″ each, encaustic on panel

Intimate Encaustics


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Japanese Garden I & II

Japanese Garden I & II are painted on 12″ x 12″ x 2″ cradled panels. They consist of many layers of pigmented wax alternated with imbedded areas of drawing and line work created with oil pastels and china markers.

miniatures & MORE 2016


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Martha Rea Baker has been selected as one of the artists in the Miniature section of the annual gala and sale benefiting the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Albuquerque NM.

Friday Premiere: The exhibit opens Friday, October 21, 6pm – 9pm. For the serious art collector, join a limited group to view and purchase the artwork in an intimate environment.

Saturday Preview:  October 22, 10am – 2pm

Saturday Gala:  A cocktail party in the exhibition gallery with the opportunity to purchase art while enjoying the lively atmosphere with friends and the artists.

For  her submission, Baker has created encaustic mixed media paintings from her Desert Rhythms series on 12″ x 12″ x 2″ cradled panels.

Click or scroll over each paintings to view the details.