Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Meanwhile, thanks
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Monday, April 30, 2007

ARTIST'S NOTE Sept 25th, 2007: This painting has been framed in a beautiful hand painted molding, dense with the same golden tones as the highlights of the piece. It was hung as part of the Starkweather Gallery's 2007 Member's Exhibition, where it was well received. It also was juried into the 2007 Southwestern Michigan Portrait Exhibition, where my body of work (including 2 other dog-a-day entries) earned third place.
Horses have always been a favorite of mine. Always. Equine doodles graced my earliest spelling tests, pages torn out from glossy magazines papered my childhood bedroom, and in the studio I am always surrounded by dozens of canvases sporting painted horses.

And Derby Week is one of my favorite times of the year. Just as life is breathed back into the landscape, the finest young thoroughbreds gather in Kentucky, and one is faced with the perfect reason to brush off the bar-b-que and throw a party.

In honor of that, I’m taking a brief break from the dogs, and focusing on horses of all types and colors.

I completed this painting during the winter, and it’s been included in several exhibitions since.

I wanted to depict all the colors apparent in a “white” horse – the blues and violets of the shadows, and the pinks, peaches, and apricots of his skin. I used translucent glazes to capture the shimmer of the light, and you can see fairly deep into the layers of paint. The overall effect is dreamy and ethereal, yet that eye fixes on you without any hesitation at all.

“Watch Eye,” 6x8, acrylic equine painting on canvasboard, beautifully framed to 11” x 13”, $199. Inquiries to .

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And for sharing these paintings with friends and family.Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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