Friedenberg began her professional career as a veterinary
surgeon in England, and came to the United States, on
a Thouron scholarship, studying human and equine orthopaedics
at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following marriage, and
study at a commercial art school, she spent several years
doing medical and veterinary illustration, including
illustrating three books.
Sculpting began at night
school, but soon became a full-time occupation.
Further study with Zenos and Evangelos Frudakis resulted
in a more structured and classical approach, and her
veterinary background gives her unexcelled understanding
of animal anatomy and movement.
are the favourites, in a wide range of human and animal
is actively involved with the American Academy of Equine
Art, being a Vice-President and Director of Education, and conducting an
annual workshop of equestrian sculpture, under their
auspices, at The Kentucky
Horse Park, since their teaching programs began in
1992. In 2003 she taught the first of the
Academy's workshops at the University of Pennsylvania's
School of Veterinary Medicine at New Bolton Center.
Winning the Academy's
"Award of Excellence" for three consecutive
years, AND MORE, as judged by fellow equestrian artists, was a
In 2002 and 2003, she
also taught classes, in sculpture of the horse, at the
Scottsdale Artist's School in Arizona.
Kathleen is a member
of various other art groups, including the Society of Animal
Artists and the National Sculpture Society, winning
numerous awards, including Medal of Honor at both
Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and the American Artists
Professional League, in New York.
Her work has
appeared on the cover of The Chronicle of the Horse
over twenty times, and
she was featured in "Equine Images" magazine in the Fall 1989 issue, "Spur" magazine in July/August
1996, Kentucky Horse Park's magazine, "Discover
Horses", Fall/Winter, 2003, "Hunt" magazine in 2004 and "Horses in Art" magazine, Summer 2008, as well as various
other publications. She was selected to appear in
Daphne S. Landis' beautiful new book, "Speaking for
Themselves - The Artists of Southeastern
Kathleen is particularly
known for the accuracy and vitality in her work.
"If it isn't alive, I've failed!"