About the Artist:
How I Create a Sculpture
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.
I often do a thumbnail sketch as a starting point or maybe to remind myself later
of a particluar mood or pose. Sketches also help me form my composition. As I
work with the clay I will begin to see things evolve which suggest changes in
the composition for increased expression. This is where the art "happens." the
piece will almost speak to me telling me what changes are needed to express a
particular mood, a particular feeling. Subject matter becomes secondary at this
point. The form, usually simple, carries the feeling and involves the viewer with
the mood of the sculpture and thus becomes the vechicle for communication.
If my subject happens to be Native American as often it is, it won't be a recognizable
historical figure. This has all been done (and in many cases overdone). Therefore
I choose to do ordinary people, usually women, the culture bearers of any society.
I find the everyday tasks these people do to be an endless source of inspiration.
Often my subject will be southwestern people whose way of life seems to have
remained more in touch with their heritage. One can still observe many of thier
traditions and ways of times past. Thier history is reflected in thier faces.
I try to portray the feelings one senses in the faces, whether an elder or youngster.
Perhaps this is my greatest strenght as a sculptor.
The solid simplicity of my forms stems from study of the works of Henry Moore,
Constantin Brancusi, and the Greek sculptors of the Archaic period.
If I have achieved my goal as a sculptor the viewer will feel an emotional
attachment and sense the pride, dignity and serenity of my subjects. The sculpture
will become a source of inspiraton in their lives.
- Date of Birth: 1950, Lincoln Nebraska
- Education: BFA Un. Of Nebraska 1972
- Recipient of the Thomas B. Coleman Memorial Award in Print Making.
- Employment: Scientific Illustrator Uiversity of Nebraska State Museum, Collections
and Research Division
- 1974-1980 Bred, trained and raced Thoroughbred horses, 1980-1991.
- Owner/partner, Pettigrew Fur Co. 1980-1991.
- Professional Sculptor since 1991.
- Married: 1978 to Delmar Pettigrew
- Agent/Mgr.: Husband Delmar.