Maynard Dixon (1875–1946), born in Fresno, California, was an American illustrator and landscape and mural painter of the early 20th century. His subjects included the desert, Indians, early settlers, and cowboys. Several phases of his career illustrate him to be an early modernist painter who incorporated Post-Impressionist and Cubist-Realism into his landscapes and skyscapes. The artist extensively traveled the West, including Montana, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico and depicted the landscape and inhabitants of these places. His work is characterized by the emphasis on light and shadow.In the final years of his life, surrounded by the landscape and people of Southern Arizona, he created works with limited use of paint and subdued color scheme.