Maynard Dixon’s artistic talent had many outlets: painting, illustrations, drawings, cartoons, woodwork, and poetry. He began drawing at the age of seven, sketching the world around him. As he progressed, he found work as a newspaper and magazine illustrator. He did commissioned works, often painting large murals. And finally, he decided that painting was the way to portray the landscape and people of the west that he had grown to love. Regardless of his medium, Dixon’s art always displayed his unique vision and style.
“The Legend of Earth and Sun” was painted in 1929 for the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. Dixon considered it one of his most successful murals. The image is a painted hanger on stained fabric that measures 8 x 25 feet. Edith Hamlin later painted a companion mural for the hotel.
Maynard Dixon: To the Desert Again is a production of KUED in Salt Lake City, Utah.