About Barbara

On a call.
On a call.

Visual artist/designer Barbara Mayfield offers in-home and on-site COLOR CONSULTATIONS throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, and farther afield via Skype and travel.

She works with the 9 classic color collections by Benjamin Moore Paints, the 75 new Ben Moore Century Colors, and the 132 colors by Farrow & Ball. She has completed interior and exterior color projects, large and small, for more than 250 buildings.

Private homes. Offices. Apartments and condos. Rental properties refreshed. Rehabs. Philly rowhouses. Havertown dens. Gladwyne mansions. A front door in Ardmore. An architectural wonder in Media, PA. Powder rooms galore. Carriage houses in Villanova. Historic homes. Mid-century. Turn of the century (18th, 19th & 20th). New construction.

From South Philly to Phoenixville, Marlton to West Chester. A NYC penthouse. New Jersey Shore houses. Poconos cabin. An artist’s new house in Vermont.

Barbara Hagendorf Mayfield has enjoyed a long professional career in the visual arts as a painter, printmaker, theatrical set designer, and muralist.

In the Beginning" monoprint 30"x30" by Barbara Mayfield
In the Beginning series, monotype 30″x30″, by Barbara Mayfield

She studied art and design for two years at Tyler School of Art and is graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsShe was awarded the J. Henry Scheidt Traveling Scholarship upon graduation from PAFA and spent ten weeks in Europe and Mexico soaking up the art in each region.

Mayfield was part of the first 4-person team at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Community Programs Department, working with artists Clarence Wood and Don Kaiser, the two dynamo artists who brought mural arts to the city of Philadelphia, and Susan Mayr. Mayfield assisted on more than a dozen murals over a 2-year period.

For many years she worked as a freelance muralist and theatrical set designer. Her paintings, mixed media work, and monotypes have been represented by fine galleries in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., and on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the USA and the world.

Written & illustrated by Barbara Mayfield. It's about creative play, intuition and Artist Mind for ages 7 and up.
Written & illustrated by Barbara Mayfield. It’s about creative play, intuition and Artist Mind for ages 7 and up.

Mayfield is the author and illustrator of the award-winning children’s novel, The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me (Spring 2009 AzroPress). She teaches creative writing privately and developed and taught the Room 108 Memoir Writing curriculum for the Free Library of Philadelphia/Parkway Branch.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, she lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 21 years. She is currently based in Penn Valley, 8 miles from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Her visual art can be seen at  http://mayfieldart.wordpress.com/ and on Pinterest.  . Add your email address for an invitation.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My imagery intends to tell stories. I am most moved by the Natural World and the Beings within it and of it. The series The Beginning of Time, At the Edge of the World, and Seeds are about the time before Time, of thoughts coming into Form. In the series Queens, Witches, Selkies and Souls I’m after images of the Divine Feminine. I primarily use iconic images of birds, huts and casitas, slivers and seeds, and a stylized female form. I believe in the magic and power of color. I work with oil on canvas, paper and panel, with oil-based inks on the monoprints & monotypes on paper, and sometimes with acrylic on paper and panel. Watercolor, gouache, colored pencil and pen, and paper collage are favorite media. 

EDUCATION

1993  Advanced Monotype & Collagraph Techniques, Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM

1993  Masters Class in Monotype, Richard Tullis, Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts (SFIA)

1993   Visual Art Access, Michael Bell, Santa Fe, NM

1992   Master Class in Monotype, Garner Tullis, SFIA, Santa Fe, NM

1992   Master Class in Painting, Larry Bell, SFIA, Santa Fe, NM

1979-1982   Graduate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1976-1977   Studies in Painting with Gladys Noble Wagner, Cheltenham Art Center, PA

1969-1971   Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

AWARDS / GRANTS / FELLOWSHIPS

1991  Excellence in Landscape Painting, Cheltenham Art Center, Cheltenham, PA

1987  Individual Artist’s Fellowship, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

1987  Freed Landscape Award, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia

1986  Artist-in-Education Grant, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

1986  Beaver College Purchase Prize, Print Exhibition, Glenside, PA

1982  J. Henry Scheidt Memorial Traveling Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

1982  Broh Gallery Award, Greater Harrisburg Arts Festival, Harrisburg, PA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Teaching Artist – Muralist, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dept. of Community Programs 1979 – 82         Assistant painter/teacher on ten large mural projects at locations indoors & outdoors in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Coordination with project staff, community groups, neighborhood associations, senior centers and schools on consensus mural designs aimed at community beautification at high visibility sites. Held successful classes and demonstrations at the school and community sites, closely involving community members in the creative and physical processes of designing and painting murals.

Teaching Artist – ArtWorks, Santa Fe Arts Commission                                              2002 – 2004

Trained and certified in Aesthetic Education in the Lincoln Center Method. Developed and conducted series of classes for fifty teachers as a Teaching Artist at the 2002 Summer Institute for Public School Teachers. Created lesson plans, taught and provided evaluations as Teaching Artist for public elementary school.

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