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.

Studio Visit


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mrb studio

Martha Rea Baker talks about her recent work for the upcoming exhibit on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These encaustic hot wax paintings are part of the new series, “Desert Rhythms” inspired by Baker’s ten years of living in the American Southwest.

Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary presents “Journey”

A Solo Exhibit by mixed media artist, Martha Rea Baker

 September 16 – September 29, 2016

 Opening Artist Reception September 16, 5-7pm

Encaustic Diptych


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“It’s not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It’s more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.” – Robert Motherwell

Motherwell’s quote describes the painting process of Santa Fe, NM artist, Martha Rea Baker. Her abstract paintings go through many stages during their creation and arrive at the finished state through the addition, subtraction and careful editing of information.


Desert Rhythms      24″ x 36″      Encaustic on two panels

This encaustic diptych will be shown in Baker’s upcoming solo exhibit “Journey”, at Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM – Sept 16 – 29, 2016.

Martha Rea Baker Solo Exhibit


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Recently Announced: RUHLEN – OWEN CONTEMPORARY will feature MARTHA REA BAKER in a solo exhibition in their Canyon Road gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Martha Rea Baker – Mixed Media

September 16 – 29, 2016

Opening artist reception:  Friday, September 16, 5 – 7pm

Baker will be showing her abstract paintings in both encaustic and oil/cold wax.





Excavation IV


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A new abstract painting has been delivered to Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Excavation IV          72″ x 54″          Mixed Media on Canvas

Richard Diebenkorn-Notes to myself on painting


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  1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or not come later. It may be a valuable delusion.
  2. The pretty initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued – except as a stimulus for further moves.
  3. Do search. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
  4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
  5. Don’t “discover” a subject – of any kind.
  6. Somehow don’t be bored – but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
  7. Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
  8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
  9. Tolerate chaos.
  10. Be careful only in a perverse way.

The Butterfly Effect II


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Recently delivered to Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa FE, NM is this second version of The Butterfly Effect by Martha Rea Baker.


The Butterfly Effect                48″ x 48″               Acrylic on Canvas