About this artwork
A dramatic contemporary portrait. The figure looks out with an intense, piercing glance, balanced by the soft flowers in her hair and gentle blue sky in the background. Artist Malia Pettit explains that the painting is a progression of both her palette and subject matter. It has all of the elements of my female portraits - dramatic shadows, bold features and sharp contrasting. However, I contrasted these elements with the crown of soft, whimsical, loosely painted flowers to lighten things up. The painting has a geisha-like feel with the high collar and flowing florals.