MY ART STORY by

Pamela Carvajal Drapala

Yuma
Arizona

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Painting of woman agricultural worker.

"The Fruitful Yuma Valley, The Yuma Farm Workers Art Series" by Pamela Carvajal Drapala. Photo courtesy of Pamela Carvajal Drapal

When I first took painting at Arizona Western College in fall 2002, my painting professor mentioned "painting series." That is when I decided to focus on my own painting series. My first art series was titled "People of the World" and included paintings of people from Afghanistan, Africa, England, Japan, Mexico, and Vietnam. By painting this theme of large works, 24x30" acrylic on canvas paintings, I realized that there were so many possibilities for themes I could concentrate on if I simply put my body, spirit, and mind into it. Taking art classes throughout my life has helped me hone in on what I believe I do best. Learning new techniques and talking with other artists in the community has also helped me to be a better artist and person. Little did I know that my prior painting series would prepare me for my most recognized series of paintings, "The Yuma Farm Worker Art Series," which focused on real people right here in Yuma County. My paintings are a tribute to the people who worked the earth so that we can have herbs, fruits, and vegetables at our tables year round throughout our nation.

Pamela Carvajal Drapala
Yuma, AZ