I am particularly proud of this piece as it really came together quickly without being rushed... as though it was just meant to be. The treatment of paint was more like drawing or sketching, much like the work of Elizabeth Peyton. There were moments when I felt obligated to apply more paint in my usual fashion. However, when I stepped away and saw the girl's face had come to life, I knew this piece was finished. She has that beautiful expression of childlike vulnerability, like a Bouguereau, but she is quite capable of taking care of herself. The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with white edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Malia Pettit

Girl and Dog on the L Train

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

30" h x 24" w x 1.5" d
3 lbs. 11 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.