Marti Jones Dixon grew up in Ohio knowing that visual art would always be a predominate source of joy and pain. Eager to learn more, she attended and graduated from Kent State with a degree in Studio Art. Longing to paint, she began to feel the pain of being pulled in two directions when a career in music fell into her lap. As “Marti Jones” from 1984 to 1991, she was signed to A&M, then RCA Records. The sporadic release of subsequent independent label records kept Marti semi-afloat. As she grew weary of the business that had nothing to do with music, she felt the door of opportunity creak open for painting. She now resides and has a painting studio in Canton, Ohio.