Martha Pettigrew - Interview
For Martha Pettigrew, it all starts with an idea. “My ideas could stem from something I've read about, seen in my travels or experienced myself. Maybe it's a figure seated or standing, in motion or at rest. It matters little because the idea is simply a small seed from which the sculpture grows,” she says.
Martha says if her subject happens to be Native American, as often it is, it won't be a recognizable historical figure. She chooses to do ordinary people, usually women, the culture bearers of any society. She finds the everyday tasks these people do to be an endless source of inspiration.
Formerly an illustrator, Pettigrew’s work can be found in major collections including: Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York; J.P. Morgan Company, New York; Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, Grand Island, Neb., Anheuser Busch Distributors, Columbus, Ohio, and Grand Island, Neb. and many others. She and her husband, Del, work out of their studio in Kearney, Neb.