Pamela Carvajal Drapala


Pamela Carvajal Drapala – Born and raised in Yuma, Arizona. Attended Yuma Union High School, Arizona Western College and Northern Arizona University. Degree: AA, Arizona Western College.  BA in English and focus in Art.


Scholarship/Founder of the Vincent A. Carvajal Art Scholarship for Yuma high school area seniors. 3.96 GPA – Northern Arizona University. While in college, a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Arizona Association of Chicanos for Higher Education, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Books; The Many Faces of Frida Kahlo, 2014, “The Yuma Farm Worker Art Series, 2015. Poetry, essays, and short stories can be found at – In the Eyes of the Wild, Yuma Daily Sun, Shuz Magazine, Awareness Magazine, Colorado Crossing Editions, Library of Congress, Reaction Exit Art, La Hercencia Magazine Editions (2), and Time of Trial, Hidden Press, two CNN I-Reports.

Exhibitions and Performances:

“The Yuma Farm Worker Art Series 2015”, One Woman Show, Arizona Western College January-February 2014 “The Many Faces of Frida Kahlo, An Artist’s Interpretation”, One Woman Show, ALAC-147, Family Portraits, Phoenix, AZ October 2013, One Woman Show, Yuma Fine Arts 2012, Arizona Centennial, also at the Tempe Library, AZ 2012, ALAC Art Show 2011, NAU Celebration of Achievement and Showcase, April 8, 2008. Gathering of Three, June 9, 2006, through September 30, 2006, Yuma Art Center Museum (Historic Downtown), 254 S. Main Street. Supported by the Yuma Fine Arts, City of Yuma, Arizona Commission On the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Galeria Tonantzin – Las Mujeres Exhibit, San Juan Bautista, California, March 11, 2006. Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, New York, December 2005. Arizona Western College – On the Border Exhibit – Farm Worker Series – September 2004. Agora Gallery, Soho New York – June through July 2004. Taste of Fine Art Auction – Yuma, Arizona – Donation of Frida at Peace. Hospice Ocean to Ocean Art Show – October 2003 – Donation of The Crossing and African Sunset Tiles. 

Art, Poetry, and Photography – Presentations to Audiences:

La Llorona, Anthology 2012, painting image, Yuma Regional Medical Center Volunteer Children’s Area 2010 (presenter of poetry, art, and nursery rhythms), Northern Arizona University 20th Anniversary Celebration 2008, art, poetry, and photography presentation – Fruitful Yuma Valley, Arizona Western College 2008, art, poetry, and photography – We are all Connected, March 13, 2008. Desert Artists, Yuma, Arizona, November, 2006.

Pam at her easel

Pam at her easel


Artist of the Year, Fine Arts, Yuma County Fair for the painting, “John English”, Outstanding Purple Ribbon, Fine Art Competition, Yuma, AZ 2005, Pay Day, Farm Worker Series. Blue Ribbons: Fine Art Competition, Yuma, AZ 2005, Geronimo and Adam, Farm Worker Series. Cash Award Gold Rosette and Purple Rosette, Art Competition, Yuma, AZ 2005. Luz, Farm Worker Series. Purple Ribbon, Art Competition, Yuma, AZ 2005, Jorge, Farm Worker Series. Outstanding Ribbon: Fine Art Competition Yuma, AZ 2004, Yuma Eve, Farm Worker Series. Grand Champion (Cash Award) and Outstanding 2003: The Weaver Outstanding, The Green Eyed Girl, 2003 Outstanding: My Daughters and Angel, 1990s. Three Cash Awards for Costume Design – Yuma Country Fair. First Place: Frida at Peace, 2003 First Place: Frustration, 1990s. First Place: Blue Moon, 1990s. Second Place: My Friend Hong, 2003. Second Place: Laura and Ashley, 1980s.

Proudest Moment as an Artist: Selling my ten portraits in the Yuma Farm Workers’ Series to a Yuma Business man in Yuma. In addition, painting various commissions for individuals throughout the USA.

Platform: An advocate for peace for all peoples of the world.

Favorite Quote:Man is nothing without a meaningful purpose.” . . . Pamela Carvajal Drapala


614pQhZavoL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_The Fruitful Yuma Valley

The Fruitful Yuma Valley When I first started driving to work in the Yuma Valley eighteen years ago, approximately a 30-minute commute, I barely noticed what was happening around me. After our two daughters left home to attend Northern Arizona University, it was as though a filter was lifted from my eyes. I began to see the entire splendor that surrounded me as I drove through the Yuma Valley. The contrast of the patchwork fields against the indigo sky was wonderment to my eyes. Often, I would see the valley change its colors as a thick cloud formation slowly shadowed the multitude of different farm crops. During the late spring, I saw a sea of greens, sunflower yellows, crimsons and creams, and sometimes-luscious plum colors in a few of the valley crops. A field that had been flood irrigated; it seemed as though it was a lake. Birds such as cow egrets, and occasionally a gray pelican, often hovered overhead and drank from the refreshing waters. Long before my daily work began in the morning, many farm workers were already laboring in the fields by either preparing the fields for new crops by hoeing the land, planting the seeds, or harvesting the abundance of crops depending on the time of the year it was in Yuma. Surprisingly, I would also see the farm workers at the end of their day after I returned home from a night class at the local college. I took an interest in the valley, the people, crops, landscape, birds, and animals by first observing them closely and then reading about them. I soon learned that lettuce, citrus, watermelons, cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, artichokes, cotton, cabbages, dates, peaches, pecans, Sudan grass, and others grow right here in our Yuma Valley. Ah, Yuma can definitely be defined as . . . “The Fruitful Yuma Valley”, my town, and my life.


51yJed0MVLL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_The Many Faces of Frida Kahlo: An Artist’s Interpretation

The summer of 2013, I drew one drawing of Frida Kahlo in pencil as a tribute to Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist. Because of the amazing response that I received from the public, I continued to draw her image until I had a total of twenty drawings. A commentary for each drawing is included in the book. In January of 2014, the “Many Faces of Frida Kahlo; An Artist’s Interpretation was shown at Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University, Yuma and later was shown at the Yuma Art Center on July 11, 2014. Soon, the exhibit will be shown in Phoenix, Arizona in 2015. Each drawing took three to four evenings to draw, and each I hold dear to my heart. Each work of art represents a time in Frida’s life.



Good Night Universe

Good Night Universe is about a young girl’s dream about flying through the Universe. All illustrations and poetry created by award winning author, Pamela Carvajal Drapala.








Where Did All Our Times Go?

Poetry and photograph book about a brother and sister growing up in the 50s and 60s in Southwestern USA.

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