Artist Candi Martin Baker

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The trick with me is to get the painting out of my head and onto a canvas, one painting at a time, in a timely manner.
 I like to pull subject matter from the natural world around me. The “Through the Trees”  series started while I was living on Camano Island, Washington. I realized on Camano and in much of the Northwest you are looking at, through or around trees to the water or the light. I am once again living in Auburn, California, where I have kept a home for 48 years.  Auburn is a historic gold rush town in the Sierra Foothills on your way to Lake Tahoe . The landscape here is different from the Pacific Northwest; a golden sunlight on gnarled oaks casting shadows on grasses that resemble old velvet fabric, deep river canyons that are dry and hot one one side, cool and green on the other, and rolling hills are all around.

Creating art is an ever changing process for me. While painting in transparent watercolor ( the Last Light series), I experimented extensively with color layering through multiple glazes, sometimes so many layers  that the paper would not hold any more pigment.  The extreme detail in my watercolor floral series came fairly easily because I am very near sighted. The flip side is that if I take off my glasses the world sheds all of its detail, becoming an abstract  of light and form. Currently my work  is primarily in acrylic and oil paints.
I am always seeking a challenge, a new idea, and different perspectives. There so much to learn and to try,  let's see where it goes!


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