Frederick Pawla was born in England in 1877 and studied art in Europe prior to emigrating permanently to the united states in the early part of this century. Pawla was active in New York City before moving to Santa Barbara, California where he exhibited locally and maintained his residence and studio through the 1940s.
Pawla was a talented painter and muralist who specialized in both marine scenes and landscapes. In 1929 he was commissioned to create the murals for Burlingame High School in San Francisco and in 1931 commissions again brought him to New York. Most of his active career was spent in California, but he was also known to have spent time in Australia where he was a member of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales.
Additionally, Pawla was a member of and exhibited with the Santa Barbara Artist's Society, the San Diego Art Society and the Santa Cruz Art League where he won a prize in 1929. He is featured prominently in the American Art Annual (1931-33), Who's Who in American Art, Index of American Artists and other prestigious listings. Frederick Pawla died at Fort Ord, California in 1964.