The WadingMalia Pettit
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
30 " h x 24 " w x 1.5 " d |2 lbs. 12 oz.
A young girl wades in a lagoon of cool turquoise, warm light shimmers on the water in swaths of vibrant orange. Her face is rendered delicately against the bold color and brushwork. Malia used her signature loose, dripping style to build the expressive quality of the painting.
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.