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 Pamela Carvajal Drapala  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: Arizona      Known for: ethnic portrait, figure, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted April 2004 and April 2005, is from the artist.

My specialty is ethnic portraits, and I find when I paint that time flies by because I am in the moment. I have been drawing since I was a child, and later I enrolled in art classes that were available in junior high, high school and in college. I studied under a Mr. Garcia and a Mr. Beasley at Yuma High School for three years, and then Professor Ellen Wolf at Northern Arizona University in the late 80's. Recently I studied with Professor William Blomquist at Arizona Western College. Because of him, I believed that my work improve drastically, and this opinion is supported by the increase in awards and recognition from the Yuma community.

In May 2003, I donated a favorite painting of mine to the Yuma, Arizona Fine Arts Acution. It was "Frida at Peace", my first water-based oil painting, to the Yuma Fine Arts Auction whose proceeds fund art scholarships for graduating highschool students in the Yuma area. I felt tremendous satisfaction when I saw the winning bidder's face. The moment made me realize that painting Frida Kahlo was well worth the effort.


ArtisSpectrum Magazine, Volume 12, 2004, "Pamela Carvajal Drapala", page 45.

Yuma Daily Sun, May issue 2003, page 1 and Entertainment Section, page E1 Yuma Fine Arts Wine Tasting Party.

Latinidad Newsletter : Success Stories, October 2003 . Pamela Carvajal Drapala, Marcela Landres, New York City, NY -

Mija Magazine: June 2004 Issue, (scheduled Art Interview)

Outstanding Ribbon: Fine Art Competition Yuma, AZ 2004, Yuma Eve

Grand Champion (Cash Award) and Outstanding 2003 for "The Weaver, Outstanding" and "The Green Eyed Girl". First Place: "Frida at Peace" 2003
Second Place: My Friend Hong, Laura and Ashley, Fine Art Competiton, Yuma, 2003

Pamela Drapala received the following ribbons and awards at the Yuma County
Fair 2005 for her "Farm Worker Series".

1) Gold Rosette Cash Award and Purple Sweepstakes Champion Rosette;
Hobby's and Craft Art Competition (acrylics), Yuma, AZ 2005, Luz, Farm
Worker Series

Judges comments:

Appearance - outstanding, workmanship -
outstanding, artistic merit - outstanding . "Fantastic work full of color and soul.
The patterning and line work are excellent as well as the highly
developed shading. Not only technique-wise beautifully done, but come
through as an expression of character."

2) Two Purple Ribbons; Hobby and Crafts Art Competition (acrylics), Yuma,
AZ 2005, Jorge, Farm Worker Series

"Coloration and form within the shirt are fascinating. Love the
patterned treatment of the background."

3) Outstanding Purple Ribbon; Professional Division, Fine Art Competition,
Yuma, AZ 2005, Pay Day, Farm Worker Series

4) First Place - Blue Ribbon; Professional Division, Fine Art Competition,
Yuma, AZ 2005, Geronimo, Farm Worker Series

5) First Place - Blue Ribbon; Professional Division, Fine Art Competition,
Yuma, AZ 2005, Adam, Farm Worker Series

6) Painting number six, Yuma Eve, won a Purple ribbon last year in the Fine Art Competition.

Dia De Los Muertos, 1999: Yuma Cultural Council, "Dress Up in Blue" and "Laura's Angel".

Hospice Ocean to Ocean Exhibition 2003: "Yuma Crossing" and "Ceramic Tiles - African Sunset"

Yuma Fine Arts Wine Tasting Exhibition (A Taste of Fine Art) and Art Show. "Frida at Peace".

Reinventing Reality, June - July 2004 Exhibition, Soho Art District, Agora Gallery, New York, New York. Four entries, "African Sunset", "Moonlight Whispers Beneath the Cherry Blossom Tree", "Elizabeth", and "Rachel's Sunflowers".

Arizona Western College Gallery - September 2004, Migrant Worker Series, "On the Border". "Yuma Eve" -"Adam" - "Payday".

Acrylic on Canvas - Portrait - Mr. Melvin Tsang
Pencil Portrait - Ms. Barbara Newhart
Pencil Portrait - Ms. Sylvia Ferrier's Children
Pencil Portrait - Mr. John Brown

Excerpt of letter received 20, 2003 from a New York City gallery representative:

Dear Pamela Drapala,

I am pleased to inform you that your work qualifies for Gallery representation. The body of work that you have presented for review reveals an expressive and style of painting. The images appear to reverberate with brilliant color, visceral nuance and raw appeal. There exists a primal quality that is consistent throughout the entire presentation. Wonderful work.

Angela Di Bello, Director

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