MARTHA REA BAKER

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Artist Statement

My paintings begin with an idea or feeling. It could be a memory of a time and place, music, poetry, nature or contemporary observations. I usually have a color tone in mind, one that conveys the mood of the original idea. However once I start to paint, I don’t force the issue. I begin with automatic drawing in charcoal and oil pastel followed by spontaneous layers of color, remaining in this “non-thinking” state as long as possible. I allow the painting to have a life of its own, each line, brushstroke and layer informing the next. I hope to achieve a bit of mystery in my work, inviting the viewer to bring his personal experience to the painting.

 

 

Martha Rea Baker was born in Corsicana, TX and raised in Clinton, MS. She attended the University of Mississippi and the University of California at Santa Barbara, graduating form UCSB with a BA in English Literature in 1965. Martha lived in Plano, TX with her husband, Bill Baker, and their three sons for 40 years before relocating to Santa Fe, NM in December of 2006. She studied art design and drawing at the University of Dallas in Dallas, TX  and portfolio printmaking for ten years at Collin College in Plano, TX.  Martha also enjoyed art foreign studies in Greece, Italy, Russia, France and the Czech Republic.

 

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”.  In addition, Baker’s paintings have been selected for many private and corporate collections including Wyndham Hotel, Albuquerque, NM,  Embassy Suites, St. Paul, NM, Hilton Hotel, Columbia, MD, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Plano, TX and North Texas Cardiology Associates, Dallas, TX.

 

Martha Rea Baker is a signature member of the Mississippi Watercolor Society and The Southwestern Watercolor Society.  Her work has been included in over 75 invitational and group exhibitions, including Watercolors Without Boundaries in Milan, Italy in 2001.

 

Having painted for 35 years, Martha is now working in acrylic collage and encaustic (melted beeswax, fused with heat).  She enjoys abstracting her subjects and creating surfaces of subtle texture and rich patina through many thin layers of paint or wax. In both mediums, Martha scrapes back through the layers to uncover previous marks, thus achieving mystery in her work.

 

 

 

Education:  

University of California Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, 1965

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (1962-1964)

University of Dallas, Dallas, TX

Collin College, Plano TX—Portfolio Printmaking (1995-2005)

 

 

 

 

Solo and Group Exhibitions:

 

2018    Martha Rea Baker and Daniel Phill: New Works, Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2017    Martha Rea Baker and Bret Price: Shapes and Surfaces, Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2016    Martha Rea Baker: Journey, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

            Creative Transition, Ruhlen-Owen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2015    Conversations in Color and Abstraction, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Rhythm and Hues, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Nature of Color, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Miniatures and More, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

2014    In the Abstract, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Artists Without Limits Exhibition, Duncan McAshan Gallery, Ingram, TX

2013    Fusion: People, Passion, Place International Encaustic Artists Exhibition Santa Fe, NM

Surface Beauty, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Waxworks, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Fondren After Five, Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson, MS

2012    The Abstract: New Mexico’s Own, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Fall Preview: New Works, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011   Excavated Passages, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe NM

            Mining the Unconscious: Exhibit 1- Santa Fe Community Gallery, NM

            Tour of the Homes, ARTFeast Annual Event, Santa Fe, NM

            Eighteenth Annual Red Show, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010    Exposure Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Encaustic Art Institute, Art from the Heart, Santa Fe, NM

            Holiday Group Exhibition, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2009    Open Hands/Open Hearts, the Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Center for Contemporary Art, Collect Eight, Santa Fe, NM

2008    Open Hands/Open Hearts Nussbaumer Fine Art, Santa Fe. NM

            Center for Contemporary Art, Eight by Eight, Santa Fe, NM

            Gallery VIII-New Directions, ArtCentre of Plano, Plano, TX

            2007    Gallery VIII Group Exhibit, Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX

2005    Collin County Portfolio Printmakers, Eisemann Center, Richardson, TX

            Gallery VIII--the Sequel, ArtCentre of Plano, Plano, TX

2004--1982,  31 Solo Exhibitions at Gallery VIII, Plano, TX

2004    House of Prints, ArtCentre of Plano, Plano, TX

2002    Impressions2: Rearranging the Square, Turley Gallery, Dallas, TX

2001    Impressed with Words, Turley Gallery, Dallas, TX

2000   Art Focus XC, ArtCentre of Plano, Plano, TX

1999   Art Focus XC, Ellen Noel Museum of Art, Midland, TX

1998   Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson, MS

 

1997   Art Focus XC Touring Exhibit—

            Ft. Worth, TX, Rockport, TX Corpus Christi, TX

            Longview Museum of Art, Longview, TX

            JC Penney Corporate Headquarters, Plano, TX

            Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson, MS

1996    Brown’s Fine Art, Jackson, MS

            Art Focus XC—Field of Vision, Trammel Crow Center, Dallas, TX

            Art Focus XC—Inner Vision, JC Penney Corporate Headquarters, Plano, TX

1995    Art Focus XC---Inner Vision, Trammel Crow Center, Dallas, TX

            Art Focus XC---Inner Vision, Collin County Community College, Plano, TX

            Solo Exhibit, “Angels in Architecture”, Plano Municipal Center Gallery, Plano, TX

1992    Collin County Community College, Plano, TX

1990    Warehouse Living Art Center, Corsicana, TX—“Gallery VIII Artists

 

Competitive and Invitational Shows :

 

2009    What Seeds Have Borne; Monotypes, Past and Present, SF Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

            Waning and Waxing-the Resurgence of Encaustics, Zane Bennett Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2001            Watercolors Without Boundaries—Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX and Milan, Italy

1999, 1998      Texas Visual Art Association Annual Citation Exhibit, Dallas, TX

1997    Southwestern Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

            Dallas Women’s Caucus for the Arts, Trammel Crow Center, Dallas, TX

1996    Plano Art Association Annual Exhibition, Plano, TX

            Mississippi Grand National, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

1994, 1990      North Texas Area Art League Annual Exhibition, Denton, TX

1992, 1990      Texas and Neighbors Five State Competition, Irving, TX

1992—1986     Southwestern Watercolor Annual Exhibitions, Dallas, TX

1992, 1988      Mississippi Grand Nation, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

1991    Artists and Craftsmen Association Annual Exhibition, Dallas, TX

1990    National Watercolor Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

            Society of Watercolor Artists, Ft. Worth, TX

1989    Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Dallas, TX

1986    Dallas Museum of Natural History, “Watercolors from Nature”

            Louisiana International Exhibition, New Orleans, LA    

 

 

Awards:

                        Best of Show, Eighth Annual National Art Exhibition, Navarro Council of the Arts

                        20th Annual North Texas Area Art League Annual Exhibition

                        Mississippi Watercolor Society Membership Show

                        Plano Art Association Annual Exhibition

                        Richardson Civic Art Society Annual Exhibition

                        Annual National Art Exhibitions, Warehouse Living Art Center

            Dallas Museum of Natural History, “Watercolors from Nature

 

 

Publications:

2014    Adding Color to a Black Dress and Pearls, California Homes, November, p.74-81

            Kairos, An Opportune Moment in Time, Encaustic Arts Magazine 2014 Winter Ed.

2012    All in the Family, Santa Fean Oct/Nov, pages 38-41

            Art in Preview, Pasatiempo, August 24-30, Douglas Fairfield

2011    What Lies Beneath, Albuquerque Journal North, p.S4, July 22, 2011, Kate McGraw

2009    Splash: The Glory of Color—The Best of Watercolor

2008    Southwest Art Magazine: “Women in the Arts”, November, 1996

2007    Watercolor Magazine: “Strength in Numbers, Art Focus XC”, March,1998

 

 

Collections: Many private and corporate collections including:

            Arthur Anderson, Dallas, TX                             Hilton Hotel, Columbia, MD

            Community Credit Union, Plano, TX                  N. Texas Cardiology Associates,

Dallas, TX

            Embassy Suites, St. Paul, MN                          Wyndham Hotel, Albuquerque, NM

           Presbyterian Hospital of Plano                          The Back Institute, Plano, TX

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