Name: Bill Baker
Bio: New York artist Bill Baker worked as a carpenter in the Big Apple while teaching himself how to paint. In 1981 in enrolled in a basic art class in Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, and after a year decided that he would either continue on the formal path towards a PhD, or educate himself through travel and experience. He chose the latter course, making it his mission in life to paint indigenous people the world over (not unlike José Luis Fuentetaja). As a result his paintings are to be found in private and public collections worldwide. He has been showing his work since 1988. He was a finalist in the 2009 Pastel 100, and was featured in the Pastel Journal, December 2011 issue.
Bill Baker now lives in Corrales, New Mexico close to the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico.
Medium: Pastel (Bill switched from oils in the late 1980s for the immediacy of the medium. He has been quietly accumulating what he thinks might be the largest collection of pastel sticks in the world!)
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Gallery: Newest Paintings; Feature Works; Paintings on Display; Available Originals; Giclee; My Travels.
Image View: Click on partial thumbnails to enlarge in viewer. This is necessary every time – there is no slideshow, nor any way to progress through the enlarged images other than by choosing each thumbnail in turn. No information other than title provided. (Paintings that were featured in the Pastel Journal varied in size from 29 x 34 ins to26 x 18 ins.) Download is not possible, although there is a print option for each image on the right click dropdown menu. The painting featured is Mango Cart.