Martha Rea Baker is a painter and printmaker working primarily in encaustic (melted beeswax fused with heat), oil and cold wax and acrylic collage. She enjoys combining materials, texture, shape and line in her thought-provoking mixed media paintings. Baker’s contemporary abstractions are inspired by nature, poetry, music and observation. Through layers of meaning, paint, wax or ink, she weaves a rich tapestry of life——past, present and future.
Born in Corsicana, Texas, Baker spent her formative years in Clinton, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi from 1962-1964. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she returned to her native Texas where she and her husband raised three sons while living in the Dallas area for forty years. Baker co-owned Gallery VIII in Plano, Texas for twenty-one years before relocating with her husband to Santa Fe in December of 2006.
Baker studied art at the University of Dallas and drawing and printmaking at Collin College, Plano TX, as well as art foreign studies in Greece, Italy, Russia, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, France and Spain. Her work has been published in Southwest Art: “Women in the Arts”, November 1996 and Watercolor, March 1998. Splash V, the Best of Watercolor, the Glory of Color, features her painting, “Stage of Antiquity”. The May 2016 issue of Art and Antiques features Baker’s oil/cold wax painting from the Chronos Series.
Represented by Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe NM www.owencontemporary.com
Represented by Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson MS since 1991. www.brownsfineart.com
Represented by Gallery VIII Fine Art since 1982. In 2003, Gallery VIII closed the bricks and mortar gallery in Plano, TX to become an on-line gallery, exclusively. www.gallery8.com