A native of Oakland, California, Edith Anne Hamlin was a talented painter of landscapes and portraits. She travelled the countryside with her father, sketching the landscapes as they went, which infused in her a love for California and its spectacular natural environment.
She visited Taos, new Mexico in the 1930's and, as the experience has for many artists before and since, it left a strong impression on her and was the catalyst for a significant change in her style.
She had operated a studio in San Diego in the 1920's but, after visiting New York and Taos, decided to relocate to San Francisco. In addition to her landscapes, he was a talented mural artist whose work graced the Mission High School.
She married another accomplished Western artist, Maynard Dixon, in 1937. The couple resided in Tucson, Arizona from 1939 until 1946 when Dixon died. During their time together in Arizona, Edith Anne Hamlin defined herself as one of the most accomplished painters of the American West and it's peoples.
Hamlin returned to San Francisco following her husband's death. She remained an active artist, however. She painted several more landscapes and murals during the final years of her life.