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Vegetation Art 10 Images


A new style of art has been created by me about my garden. Let me know what you think.

Farm Workers Series and Patron Saint 11 Images


The Farm Workers’ Series I Paintings When I first started the painting project on the Farm Workers’ Series, it was though the paintings were meant to be. That might seem difficult to understand; however, there are many steps to complete the paintings, from deciding on which subject to paint, to taking photographs of a subject, transferring the image onto canvas, deciding what medium to use, and then painting the picture. I’ve painted a few paintings in my life, some which have been very...

Yuma Farm Worker Series, Drawings 18 Images


Tribute to those who work the land.

Farm Workers #3, Sculptures 8 Images


Tribute to those who work the land.

Frida Kahlo Tribute 78 Images


Matters of My Heart Diego, you’ll never know how it feels to be tenderly embraced by you, nor know the wonderment of your gentle touch as we make love. Diego, you’ll never know how it feels to be loved by you, nor feel the emptiness of my heart when you are gone. Diego, you’ll never feel the flutter in my heart when you walk into a room, nor know how your sensuous lips feel as we kiss. Diego, You’ll never know the excitement of my being, when you asked me to be...

Yuma Fruitful Valley Opening at Yuma Art Center 15 Images


From September to December 2012, I drew 14 portraitures that were displayed at the Yuma Art Center for Arizona's 100 birthday celebration. These portraitures are a tribute to the Higuera Family Ancestors. Each drawing took several days, and I spent many days researching information on each relative, such as birth dates, location of birth, and other special facts about each person. After displaying the drawings at the Yuma Art Center, I plan to display them in other locations in Yuma, AZ.

AZ Centennial - Yuma Higuera Family - 1856 to Present 17 Images


An Arizona Pioneer Family will be recognized at the Arizona's Centennial 1856 - 2012. I will be sharing my poetry, drawings that I created, and displayed the drawings at the Yuma Art Center beginning January 27, 2012. I am a fifth generation Yuman on my mother's side of the family. My Great-great Grandparents, Elisarion and Gregoria Martinez Higuera were the first generation of Higueras to settle here in Yuma, Arizona 1856. This exhibit is to express my appreciation to my ancestors. All his...

Marytza 10 Images


Slide Show In Progress - 9 slides

In My Garden Series #2 Photos Pam Original Paintings 16 Images


Signed post cards available and prints available through ImageKind. Photographs of flowers that I painted of my garden that were submitted in the Google Photography Contest on May 31, 2009. Wish me luck! Peace and love to all. Pam

The First Latina Annual Art Exhibit 2011 17 Images


The exhibit was successful and was pleased to be asked to participate in the show last night in downtown Phoenix. If you live in Phoenix, I invite you to see the wonderful paintings that were exhibited by woman throughout Arizona. Amazingly, I thought, I was the only one spending months and months on my painting; however, I learned that there are many women out their who are also working very hard creating art. 3 hours ago · LikeUnlike.Pam Drapala A "thank you" goes to those individuals and art...

In My Garden- Vermeer Style Painting- Work in progress 18 Images


What I am I trying to say in my painting, In My Garden? I am relating that I am flesh and blood, part of Gods earth, and that one day my remains will go back into the Gods earth as all nature does. As you will notice, that there is dark and there is light on the two different sides of the canvas; a battle that I fight everyday, doing my best what God wishes me to do, fighting the forces of evil. On the left, where there is darkness, there is a butterfly, that reminds me that I must remain fai...

El Dia de Los Muertos 2009, Tucson, AZ 21 Images


This holiday honors the dead. The fabulous costumes presented in this gallery were created by some of the most creative people. Enjoy the variety of dress that honor the dead. This years event will again be held in Tucson, AZ.

Vincent A. Carvajal-Tribute to my Father 21 Images


Losing a parent at 8 years old was difficult. I do not know who I'd be if my father had not passed away so early in his life; however, one must do the best they can with the situation that they were given. So, here I am, allowing you to peek into a part of my life with my father that was a short time, yet inspiring to me and others. These pictures and certificates only recently showed up after my Great-Aunt passed away. I am blessed Peace to all, Pam

Ignacio and Mary Munoz Higuera 20 Images


Ignacio and Mary Munoz Higuera and their children

Western Portraiture Series - Vermeer Style 11 Images


Greetings eveyrone. It has been a long time since I picked up a paint brush. Today, I share with you the painting strokes on my original painting, Western Portraiture Series, "Mail Order Bride" shown in my Artmajeur images. Sadly, this portrait has not been entered in any competition because it was commission by my friends Len and Connie Martin, and I wanted to ensure that it got to the owners since it was my largest commission to date. So, I am giving my painting secret away today just in c...

Chinese New Year, World Travel Adventures 10 Images


Greetings to all. This photographic gallery shows the highlights of my world travels. Enjoy! Las Vegas in January 2004 had the most perfect setting for Chinese New Years on the Strip. One would have to see it to believe it. These photos are only a glimpse of what I saw and what I will never forget.

An Arizona Christmas Tree 2010 19 Images


Merry Christmas everyone!

Artichokes 10 Images


Beautiful artichokes grown in Yuma, AZ. Delicious, nutritious, and lovely to view. Photographs taken in 2004 and 2005. I could not resist but take their photograph as it seemed they all wanted to be painted! God creates such beauties in nature.

7 Days a Week-Farm Workers Series-Yuma, AZ 1989-2010 17 Images


21 Years, farm workers graced our community from 1989 - 2010; preparing the land, planting seeds, removing the weeds, harvesting the land, and finally the produce goes to our packing plants to be cleaned, sorted, loaded onto the trucks so that it can be distributed throughout the USA. Without these hard working people, we would have fewer fruits, vegetables, grains, wheat, and so forth. This gallery, "7 Days a WeeK" is dedicated to those who work the land. (Note: All photographs taken by Pame...

The Fruitful Yuma Valley Poetry 9 Images


Poetry expressing my love for my hometown of Yuma.

The Biker Series 4 Images


A long time desire of mine to paint real bikers in their biker attire. First painting, John English II. Enjoy the colors! If you would like to learn more about this series, please contact me at this website. Thanks, Pam

Paintings 2000 - present 5 Images


With a passionate and well-crafted line, Pamela Carvajal Drapala paints faces. She depicts the wholeness of a person’s being through a careful study of that person’s life, as well as his or her anatomical features. Her paintings portray a dignified ethnicity in her subjects. Before painting a person, she conducts thorough research into the person’s country, customs and costume. Through this investigation she accentuates the individuality and fullness of her subjects. Her portraits are a collecti...

Clouds, beautiful Clouds, Yuma, AZ 25 Images


Over the years, I have captured many different types of clouds in Yuma, AZ. Beautiful, glorious clouds . . . they can be fluffy, sometimes look like cotton candy, and other times they look totally dreadful; however, like life, they are ever changing. Children see ponies while others see angels and elephants. I like to see them because they might bring rain to Yuma, we can always use the rain. Enjoy!

AZ Centennial - Old Yuma 40 Images


Since 1856, my family, on my mother's side has resided in Yuma, AZ. This is where we settled in the Southwest. Here we farmed the land, married, raised out children, and where we were buried. We were common people who loved life, our work, food, dancing, singing, and socializing with our family and friends. We were here when Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912. This is where we heard that we were going to war during WWI, 1914. This is where we heard about Pearl Harbor being bombed...

Yuma Churches 16 Images


The Yuma Churches have always been important to my families in reference to their faiths and believes. Many of my family members have donated their time serving within the walls of the church. Recently, I found that I had a Great-Aunt of mine wanted to be a nun; however, her desire was never met. Therefore, the last part of her life, she donated years to serve her church. For me, I appreciate the fact that I can worship where ever I choose without fear, and that is a real gift and a freedom...

Blasts from My Past (Photographs of My Life) 28 Images


These are photographs of my life, my past, my friends, a few relatives, a little bit of my history growing up in my town of Yuma, Arizona. And, here's a poem expressing my childhood . . . 9/27/99 Children We Once Were © Pamela Carvajal Drapala Children full of life, innocent faces full of grace Swing sets, monkey bars, and a relay race. Abundance of energy, enough for two or more Colored kites and balloons on strings that soar. Oh innocent children, you are so pure and meek K...

Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty . . . 25 Images


More than ever, I appreciate that I my ancestors came to America in 1856, not through Ellis Island, but through the borders in the Southwest. As I was searching, searching for my Higuera roots at Ancestory . com, I discovered my Carvajal roots there on a microfiche. Awe, to know where I came from, to know that my family struggled and worked to be part of this Nation. So, today, I give you Ellis Island through pictures that I took in 2004. Enjoy each photograph completely as they speak millio...

AZ Centennial - Sepia Memories 26 Images


Writing and photography is in my blood. Since I was 12 years old, I have documented my life in photographs. Later, I started scrapbooks of my life's history by adding quotes and writings. This process has helped me cope with everyday life as being a daughter, sister, then a friend, a wife and later a mother. I guess you could say, my biography can be seen through my photographs. Update 4/6/08: A "special thank you" to my "double cousin" John "Buddy" Higuera. He provided me with several ne...

AZ Centennial - Ignacio Sr. and Dolores Evaro Higuera 11 Images


Great Grandma Chapter – Great Grandma Lola My Great-Grandma Lola was a pioneer, second generation Yuman. She was born in 1898 as an Evaro. She was a fair skin, petite, women with long, salt and pepper hair that reached her waist. She would place her hair into a bun in the daytime and wear it down at night in a braid. When I arrived on this earth, she was fifty-six years old. She and my Great-Grandpa Nacho had approximately twelve babies is what I've heard. Perhaps there were more....

Paul and Amalia Higuera Figueroa 12 Images


September 16, 1999 Great-Auntie Tamalia © We were always close to my great-auntie Amalia. She raised my Mom from a very early age in the 1920’s. After my Dad died when I was eight, my great-auntie picked up where my Mom could not. See, Mom now had to work full-time to support my two brothers and I. We would not be staying home over the summer with Mom and Dad anymore. We would be staying with my great-auntie whenever Mom needed a sitter. Let me tell you a little bit about my...

Ernestina Higuera Vivian and Andy Vivian, husband 15 Images


Uncle Andy Year Written Unknown Pamela Carvajal Drapala My uncle’s name is Andrew Vivian, Andy for short. He was of French decent, from New Mexico. He stood about six feet, and everyone would say he was as definitely as skinny as a string bean. He had dark eyes, dark straight hair, and a moustache that embellished his thin wrinkled face. He worked many years with the Southern Pacific Railroad as Car Inspector, and had another job as a cook at the Yuma State Restaurant. A moder...

Ignacio and Mary Munoz Higuera 22 Images


The Ignacio and Mary Munoz Higuera Family

Great-Uncle Henry and Great-Aunt Vera K. Higuera 11 Images


Great-Uncle Henry was the last baby boy born to Ignacio and Dolores Evaro Higuera. My memories of my Great-Uncle Henry was that he was always smiling and my Great-Aunt, she was the most beautiful woman with clear satin skin and black shiny hair. Their oldest daughter, Betty-Lou was our babysister many years while for my parents while we were small ones. As the years passed us by, more relatives were married, and more cousins were born into our large family and soon we would be such a large fa...

Celestina Higuera Munoz Cortez 14 Images


Grandma Sally Chapter – Life’s Little Blessings “Be as a tiny stone tossed into a sapphire pond causing hundreds of ripples upon the reflecting water. Touch others’ lives and begin with me.” Celestina (Sally) Higuera Munoz Cortez was my grandmother. She was a petite lady, 4’8”, with short salt and pepper hair who was born in Yuma in February 26, 1905. Grandma was one of the eldest daughters to Great-Grandma Lola and Great-Grandpa Ignacio Higuera. She had small hands, feet, and sh...

Aunt Irene Higuera Purzner Redding 12 Images


Wedding Reception at Great-Auntie Irene’s © Pamela Carvajal Drapala January 28, 2001 November 2000 I attended a cozy wedding reception for my nephew at Great-Auntie Irene’s home in Yuma around 5:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening. The bride and groom were visiting from Phoenix for their wedding reception. They eloped in Las Vegas over the summer and this was the first time we saw them as husband and wife. I originally had planned to attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Yuma Conventi...

A Tribute to my Mother Carmen 23 Images


Letter to my Grand-Daughter, Laura Lynn By Carmen Munoz Carvajal Powell Edited by Pamela Carvajal Drapala Veterans’ Day November 11, 2003 The following letter was addressed to our oldest daughter when she was in fourth grade attending Rolle School. Laura’s class was studying their family roots. Dear Laura Lynn, It was Sunday, December 7, 1941, my Grandmother, mother and a few relatives were in the kitchen which was rather large and one of the aunts was pressing something...

Carvajal Family Tree 10 Images


The Carvajal Family Tree - This Spanish surname has been known since the 1300s - ancestor first settled in Portugal. Original spelling of name was Carvalhal. Code of arms, A bend sable. Crest - Three Ostrch plumes. Origin - Spain. Reference from: Armorial General Rietstap. (Johannes Baptista Rietstap (12 May 1828–24 December 1891) was a Dutch heraldist and genealogist. He is most well-known for his publication of the Armorial Général. This monumental work contains the blazons of the coats...

Joe Higuera Family - Higuera Photographs of Yesterday 17 Images


Please find the Joe Higuera Family photographs. Joe's Grandmother and my grandmother were sisters. These pictures are Higuera photographs of yesterday that I find you will enjoy as much as I have. Thank you Joe for sharing them with your extended family members.

Volunteering at the ALAC Galaria 147 12 Images


3/5/10 I volunteered at the ALAC Gallery 147 in Phoenix for 8 hrs and later gave a poetry reading on my hometown of Yuma my upcoming book, The Fruitful Yuma Valley. Those attending from my family were: My Auntie Carolyn, my brother George and his son Brent and my husband Rick. It was awesome. I viewed fabulous art all day, helped set up for the 'First Friday' Art Event at the Gallery, networked, and sold items from my 'Pam's Hair Piece and Corsage Collection' and Yuma Farm Worker postcards. I, a...

Artist's Photographs, 1954 to Present 28 Images


August 23, 2K A Little Bit of Heaven Growing Pains © Dedicated to my Loving Parents By Pamela Carvajal Drapala My Momma was a very hard working woman raising three young children, two, eight, and ten years old, all alone after my Daddy passed away in the early sixties. The times of our childhood were difficult for all of us. Nevertheless, we survived life’s trying moments. I must admit now that I am an adult, some sweet memories formed out of some very embarrassing moments during m...

Costume Pictures - Pamela Carvajal Drapala 23 Images


Halloween is a fun time of the year when people dress up as television characters, their heros, and they sometimes dress for the period of time, such as I did in in either 1967 or 1968 as a Hippie. It was a time of innocence, a time when we trusted everyone because we all thought everyone was good. Through the years, I still got dressed up for Halloween because it was plain fun; wouldn't you agree? For years, there were potlucks, costume contests, and thousands of times, I answered our door t...

Kids on the Block Series 8 Images


Postcards and prints available for this gallery.

El Dia De Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) 2009 41 Images


Postcards and prints available for this gallery. This weekend, I traveled to Tucson and attended the Dia De Los Muertos, (The Day of the Dead). It was was my first, and I enjoyed it completely. The attached pictures were taken in the center of the parade, and if you look closely you can see all the detailed work that was put into each costume. Believe me, I appreciate all the detail, time, and effort that was put into these costumes because I have designed costumes before, and it takes a l...

Bikers 18 Images


Bikers 2008 - A new year, a new series. This year I'm taking a new direction, painting Yuma Bikers. This is something that I've desired to paint for over two years now. Imagine, bikers driven to ride motorcycles just as I am driven to paint. With the two combinations, there will be plenty of energy in these paintings, seven paintings to start. Stay tune for the results.