Manyard Dixon spent over fifty years traveling the west, capturing its vistas and people on his canvas. Today he is regarded as one of the great painters of the American West. In 1940, Dixon and his wife, Edith Hamlin, built a rustic log and stone house near Mt. Carmel in the midst of the landscape that inspired their art and their souls.
Paul and Susan Bingham, long-time dealers in Dixon and Hamlin's art, purchased the house and associated buildings in 1998. The buildings were intact, but in rough condition due to a decade of deferred maintenance. Committed to preserving the property as Dixon and Hamlin knew it, the Binghams chose to clean, stabilize, and repair historic features rather than replace them. For example, they disassembled all the old screen doors, cleaned them and repainted them in their original bright colors. The Binghams used the same restrained approach in gently refurbishing the beautiful furnishings, many of which once belonged to Dixon and Hamlin.
Rather than transforming the property into their own private ranch, the Binghams are sharing Dixon's home and vision wit the public. They have created a foundation dedicated to continuing the home's tradition as a gathering place for artists. They also offer regular tours of the property. Because of the Binghams' careful stewardship, the home visitors see possesses the same timeless quality as Maynard Dixon's art.