Sharyn Layfield
Sharyn Layfield

Affiliated Faculty

Sharyn.Layfield@myunion.edu

From early childhood I knew that my interests and gifts were in the arts. I studied dance and music, then took a degree in art and English literature from Temple University, and wrote and acted in plays. Eventually, I took an MFA degree in fiction writing from Goddard College, and spent many years as a short story and personal essay writer. It took a long time to finally circle back to painting, the art that my high school art teacher, Mr. Yost, had so often told me was my calling. Now I paint as if to make up for lost time—though perhaps time cannot be lost; maybe, in order to paint, I had to do all those other things as preparation.

I also love literature, though in recent years contemporary fiction interests me less than non-fiction. Now I like to read about art, spirituality, nature (sometimes all in one book!). Among my favorites in the past few years are Simon Schama's Landscape and Memory, Elaine Scarry's On Beauty and Being Just, C. G. Jung's The Earth Has a Soul, and John Berger's Selected Essays. Old favorites that I return to again and again include the works of Melville, Faulkner, E. M. Forster, and of course Shakespeare.

I am a certified fitness instructor, yoga enthusiast, gardener, and friend of animalkind.