Barbara Mayfield was born and raised in Philadelphia. She graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In 1991, she left her hometown for northern New Mexico where she lived for for 21 years in the village of Glorieta, 14 miles east of Santa Fe.
Mayfield studied creative writing for children with author/illustrator Jennifer Owings Dewey for twelve years and has been a member of the Santa Fe Writers Group since 1999, participating now by Skype.
She’s written and performed comedy for the stage and radio, and wrote and produced a series of story-based educational puppet videos for the State of New Mexico targeting middle-grade children. For the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, Mayfield wrote and directed a series of plays based on the true stories of newly literate adults. Mayfield scripted plays and puppeteered with the New Mexico Museum of Art Teatro Duende troupe and the Gustav Baumann marionettes.
Currently, she teaches The Gentle, Wild Art of Memoir Writing, a course she developed for the Free Library of Philadelphia.
A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Mayfield has had a long career in the visual arts. As a mural painter for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Community Programs Department, she was part of the team that introduced mural arts to Philadelphia. She works in oil and acrylic on canvas, panel and paper, and monotype. Her work has been represented by fine galleries in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Stamford CT, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is found in collections, public and private, all over the country. She is a freelance Color Consultant with more than 800 projects completed. ChoosingPaintColor.com.
She lives in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, just eight miles from the Liberty Bell.