Artist James A. Dixon is often described as “The Real Deal.” Dixon was born in 1958 to Clarence and Betty Dixon. His father was a U.S. Air Force serviceman, and his mother a devoted homemaker. Both parents were themselves aspiring artists who encouraged young Dixon’s talent for drawing. Recognizing his immense gift for making art, Dixon would make ‘becoming an artist” his life. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1981 and Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1986 from Colorado State University. Over forty years of art-making has added to his vast repertoire and as a business owner of his own LLC, JAD ARTS, and CB Dixon African American Fine Art Gallery. Dixon remains a well-established artist beyond his local coteries. His artistic oeuvre has grown into a nationally recognized phenomenon from his illustrations, major sculptures, and socially relevant commissioned artwork.