Not the Girl I Used to BeMalia Pettit
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
30 " h x 24 " w x 1.25 " d |2 lbs. 12 oz.
A striking young woman sits under overhead light, looking out directly to the viewer. The light shrouds her face in shadow and mystery. Malia used a loose, painterly style throughout to build the expressive quality of the painting. Part of Malia's most recent series entitled "Power Suits," continuing her signature fashion portraits. "Each portrays a beautiful, strong woman who commands attention and claims her space in the room," explains 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.