The Friesian is a breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. Although the breed's conformation resembles that of a light draft they were mainly used for carriage horses and competitive driving. I have depicted this one in a rearing position.
Formerly an illustrator, Martha Pettigrew has established herself as one of the foremost Western contemporary sculptors. Her work has been accepted in such prestigious and exclusive exhibitions as: Settlers West's The Great American West Show, Tucson Arizona; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's Birds in Art, Wausau, Wisconsin; Women Artists and the West, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; and Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, Colorado.
Martha graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including; Best of Show, Western Spirit Art Show, Cheyenne Frontier Days old West Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming; the George Phippen Memorial Foundation Award, Phippen Western Art Show, Prescott, Arizona; Allied Artists In Memoriam Award, Allied Artists of America, New York, New York; and the Silver Medal, Knickerbocker Artists U.S.A., New York, New York.
Martha has been awarded commissions from such prestigious names as J.P. Morgan Company, Johnson & Johnson Company's Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, Anhauser Busch Company, The Irvine Company, State of Florida, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nebraska, and the Hilton Hotel in Sedona, Arizona. Recently, her work was installed in Loveland, Colorado's Benson Park Sculpture Garden, and her "Beauty of the Harvest" was purchased by the Sandia Indian Tribe, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to greet guests of the Sandia Indian Casino. Other noteworthy collectors include The Nebraska Racing Hall of Fame, Grand Island, Nebraska; Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York; Guarantee Bank and Trust, Denver, Colorado; St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the Museum of Nebraska Art, Kearney, Nebraska.