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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Monday, May 07, 2007

“The Blanket Closet (Sadie),” 6” x 12”, dog portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $80. 20% from the sale of this painting will go to the Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue in Bellevue, Michigan. Inquiries may come to .

Sadie was found wandering near the Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue in Bellevue, Michigan. Neighbors thought perhaps she had gotten loose from the rescue, but that was not the case. Her body was covered with burrs, she had cuts on her ears, and tumors on her belly. The rescue league contacted animal control and offered to house Sadie in lieu of sending the old lady to the animal controls’ kennel. Animal control agreed.

The non-profit organization Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue cared for Sadie during her mandatory 7 day wait period. They cleaned her up, put medication on her wounds, and did everything they could to make her comfortable. After the mandatory 7 day wait period (noone called or inquired at animal control), the rescue took her to their veterinarian, where her vaccinations were updated and she was spayed. They also removed 6 tumors.

Since her surgery, Sadie has been recuperating well in the house (knowing how difficult the surgery was given Sadie’s age, she was brought into the rescue directors’ home for her recovery). It is suspected she was an outdoor dog, as potty training is a new concept. The rescue is spoiling her with love, attention, and gentle training. One of her favorite spots to crash is the blanket closet in the rescue barns/kennels, so I decided to paint her safe and cozy, snuggled up like a princess in her pile of dog blankets.

If you are interested in learning more about Sadie or helping out the Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue, please contact Pete or Marcie LaFramboise at You can read more about their honorable (and heroic) efforts and view other adoptable dogs and cat through their website at . Donations can also be sent via this website.

If you have adopted an animal from the Friends of Michigan Animal Rescue, are interested in commissioning your own dog-a-day portrait, and do so before May 31st, 20% of your sale will be donated to the shelter. Please contact me for more information – .

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Kimberly Kelly Santini
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