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.
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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