Born in Corsicana, Texas and raised in the Deep South, Martha Rea Baker attended the University of Mississippi and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She studied design and drawing at the University of Dallas and ten years of portfolio printmaking at Collin College in Plano, TX.
Baker co-owned Gallery VIII in Plano, TX for twenty-one years.
Since 2006 Baker has resided in Santa Fe, NM where she has become a well-established abstract artist.
Having painted for over three decades, Baker is skilled in multiple mediums, successfully moving between the unique properties of oil and cold wax, acrylic paint, and encaustic hot wax to skillfully create a cohesive body of artwork.
Baker’s work has been included in over 85 invitational and group exhibitions, including Watercolors Without Boundaries in Milan, Italy in 2001.
Her work has been published in Southwest Art: “Women in the Arts” and Watercolor Magazine 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.
2019 Collector’s Guide, Fall/Winter Cover Art, Santa Fe, NM
Bar Bulletin NM, May issue Cover Art
2018 Santa Fean magazine, Lifestyle section, April/May issue
2014 California Homes, November issue, Adding Color to a Black Dress and Pearls
Encaustic Arts Magazine-Winter issue, “Kairos, An Opportune Moment in Time”
Pasatiempo, Art in Preview, August 24-30, Douglas Fairfield
2011 What Lies Beneath, Albuquerque Journal North, July 22, Kate McGraw