Malia created this painting using a limited greyscale color palette. She enjoys this approach, first rubbing the surface of the canvas with oil paint and then working up the image from there. Malia feels the process lends itself well to her source material of vintage photographs. This painting depicts Penelope, a young girl from the Edwardian era, with her loose golden ponytails tied with black velvet ribbon.

- Malia Pettit

Penelope, 1904 (in greyscale)

Oil painting on canvas board

Ready to frame

Signed on back

8" h x 8" w x .25" d
0 lbs. 5 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.