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 resides in Louisiana after having lived in both California and England for several years. When she’s not painting, she is a full-time mom and enjoys exploring estate sales, antique stores and used bookstores.
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About The Artist
I paint very loosely by liberating the paint and allowing for the unexpected to occur within the process. I want my paintings to be about the paint, so that they simply could not exist in a different medium.
University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, 1998
Buckinghamshire New UniversityBachelor of Fine Arts, 2006
Hear What Collectors Say About Malia's Work
Malia's artwork is beautifully expressive. I have bought two portrait paintings from her and they look stunning together; I love them. The bold strokes and colours are perfect in every setting.
Hi there! Thanks so much for your note and for supporting my work, I really appreciate it! I'm so happy that you are enjoying "Remembering Frieda". It really is a special piece, which I hope looks great on your wall. Thank you again and have a wonderful day!! Malia.
I had my eye on "Remembering Frieda" for a while and was so pleased to find the piece is exactly as pictured and even more striking in person. Thanks!
I'm so pleased that you are enjoying Lucky. Thank you so much for supporting my artwork and for the positive feedback! I really appreciate it!!
Lucky is beautiful, really great colors and textures. Although my bf thinks it is "looking at him." lol. Really love it, thank you!
deep sence is prevailed in al the paintings.the style is different as well.
Awesome! Can't wait to frame this piece.
I bought this work just before my husband attempted to buy it for me as an anniversary gift. Some might consider it the gift of the Magi, but ultimately we knew we couldn't live without Victoria.