This painting was done using a limited grayscale color palette, which Malia enjoys using when rendering portraits from vintage photographs. "The subject of this painting, Clemence, is a young and beautiful, smart and determined African-American girl," explains Malia. "Here she is at the age of 17, a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, with a handmade blue velvet and lace bonnet covering her head."

- Malia Pettit

Clemence, 1868 (in greyscale)

Oil painting on stretched linen
Finished edges
Varnished and Ready to hang

Signed on back

8" h x 8" w x .75" d
0 lbs. 7 oz.



Malia Pettit
Pasadena, California

Getting to Know Malia

Malia Pettit sees her artistic process as an act of “liberating the paint” and “allowing for the unexpected to occur.” Her portraits of women stem from a fascination with glossy magazines and their portrayal of models, actors and celebrities. Her work has been especially influenced by Chantal Joffe and John Singer Sargent. She currently lives in California after having lived in England for ten years. When she’s not painting, she is a full-time mom and enjoys exploring estate sales, antique stores and used bookstores.