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Martha Pettigrew

Biography - Martha Pettigrew

A degree in Fine Art from the University of Nebraska provided Martha Pettigrew with the background to become an illustrator for the Nebraska State Musuem. A discipline which would prove to be invaluable when she later became a professional sculptor. A few years later she gained national and world recognition when her work appeared on the cover of Southwest Art magazine, and an article appeared in a major magazine in Dubai, Jamiera Beach. Other articles and prestigious awards followed, which put her in a position revered by her peers.

Martha's collector base grew rapidly and her work is now highly sought after by private collectors, corporate art portfolios, and museums. Such prestigious collections which have purchased her work include, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey; Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Loveland Colorado; Anhauser Busch Distributors; City of Stamford, Connecticut, paid for by Friends of Downtown Stamford; Leanin' Tree Museum, Boulder, Colorado. Majors works are on lease to the Fairmont Princess Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona. Other collectors are found in such far-away places as; Dubai, UAE; India, Indonesia, and several European countries.

Martha has become especially known for her indiginous women of the Southwest, and Mexico. Martha states, "Women are the cultural bearer of all societies, and their everyday tasks have become an endless source of inspiration for my work". She is equally at ease sculpting a monumental work. Her animals have also been a favorite subject to sculpt as her appreciation of a good design transcends subject matter.

Martha husband, Delmar, a sculptor in his own right, remains her most trusted critic. She also finds working in front of the public, as she often does, lends an opportunity for valuable feedback as she creates.