MARTHA REA BAKER

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Artist Statement
My recent paintings are about “transformation”. My move to Santa Fe in December of 2006 has influenced my work in a profound way. My paintings have increasingly become more abstract. I cannot help but be influenced by the stark beauty, unique light, and simplicity of the landscape. And although my work is, for the most part, non-representational, I am intrigued by the rich history and culture of the area. I enjoy developing my paintings and collages with multiple layers of both paint and meaning. The paintings go through many stages during the creation and arrive at the finished state by the addition and subtraction of information. My personal vision is revealed through subtle textures inviting discovery.



Biography

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.

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