Mary started painting in the mid '80s when Papunya Tula Artists made regular trips to Mt Liebig to service the artists living there. Mary often painted Witchetty Grub Dreaming and a Milky Way Dreaming and sometimes collaboratively with her husband Colin Dixon.
Born near Town Bore Creek, east of Papunya in 1960, Mary Dixon identifies as Warlpiri although she grew up in the area around Haasts Bluff. She moved to Mt Liebig settlement when it was established, closer to Warlpiri country. She had four children with her husband Colin Dixon , also a painter, as is her sister Maudie Peterson . Mary started painting in the mid ’80s when Papunya Tula Artists made regular trips to Mt Liebig. Mary’s principal subjects at the time were Witchetty Grub Dreaming and a Milky Way Dreaming. She was one of the exhibitors in the exhibition mounted by the Centre for Aboriginal Artists and Craftsmen at the Gauguin Museum, Tahiti in 1988 and another at the Chapman Gallery, for which Mary travelled to Canberra.