About Ms. Mayfield

Author & illustrator Barbara Mayfield
Author/illustrator, teaching artist Barbara Mayfield

Born and raised in Philadelphia, I’m a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and began my career in the arts as a visual artist, a painter, muralist and monotype maker.  In 1991, I headed southwest to northern New Mexico, where I lived and worked for 21 years.

New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, turned me into a multi-disciplinary, award-winning artist-author-actor-comedienne-storyteller-puppeteer, and teaching artist. (!!!)

I trained extensively in voice, movement, improv comedy, improvisational storytelling, and acting for the camera and stage and became a SAG-AFTRA actor.


The distinguished author/illustrator Jennifer Owings Dewey was my creative writing teacher for many years. The Listening Voice Improv Storytelling group in Santa Fe took me under their formidable wings for more than 10 years. The improv stories that came to the surface there led me to write The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me, a novel for middle-grade readers (Azro Press Spring 2009) which has won several industry awards. I continue to be an active member of The Santa Fe Writers Group, now as its Eastern USA chapter along with Lizzie Foley, author of Remarkable.

In the late 2000’s, the Joy of Making Story-based Educational Puppet Videos for the New Mexico Department of Health came my way. I wrote, produced, puppeteered and made the mascot puppet Hippity J. Rabbit™ for 6 videos for the Healthy Kids New Mexico Program.

I’ve written & directed social-action theater for the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, and was a staff puppeteer with the New Mexico Museum of Art Teatro Duende troupe working with the world-famous Gustav Baumann marionettes.

Oh, and then there was The Stark Raving Beauties™, my one-woman comedic performance troupe, for which I wrote and performed character-driven, sketch comedy pieces for 10 years. I’m telling you, when you move to New Mexico, hold onto your hat. Anything and everything does happen.

My paintings can be seen here  and on Pinterest  and my work these days as a professional Color Consultant, bringing color harmony into homes and workplaces, inside and out, can be seen at ChoosingPaintColor.com.

Currently based just outside of Philadelphia, 8 miles from the Liberty Bell, I teach Improv Storytelling workshops and the Room 108 Memoir course to groups of human beings all over the country.