This painting features a really vibrant palette with bold, gestural brushwork. I feel the work conveys a similarly clear narrative with a beautiful, blonde model poised against a pillar and dark curtain backdrop. This piece takes on a classic cinematic Hitchcock reference: her watchful gaze positioned from somewhere on the sidelines, in the dark, with a longing to possess the thing she watches off-scene. The painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang.

- Malia Pettit

Rushing to Now

Oil painting on stretched canvas

Signed on back

24" h x 20" w x 1.25" d
1 lbs. 12 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.