Geisha StareMalia Pettit
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on back
8 " h x 8 " w x .75 " d |0 lbs. 9 oz.
This painting developed after Malia decided to paint over a previous portrait she had sitting in the studio that she felt just wasn't working. "Not entirely sure where it was going at the beginning, this geisha girl slowly emerged from the surface," she explains. "Although her face is rendered very thoughtfully, I kept the hair and background loose to give it some edge."
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.