Maynard Dixon was born on January 24, 1875, in Fresno, California, United States. He was a son of ranchers Harry St. John Dixon and Constance Maynard.
Maynard revealed his passion for art and his artistic talent at an early age. He dreamt about becoming an illustrator of the Old West.
Dixon’s mother, a lover of a classical literature, shared her interest with her son and encouraged his passion for writing and drawing.