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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Thursday, June 07, 2007

“Pit Bull Puppy Study (Dana),” 6” x 12”, pit bull portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $80. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to support the 2nd Chances Pit Bull Rescue in Charlotte, Michigan. Inquiries to

For whatever reason, I am always most comfortable working lifesize. Maybe that’s because as I go through my days I find myself dissecting what I see into brushstrokes and swathes of color. Dana ended up pretty close to lifesize in this painting, which led nicely to my being able to capture the life and sweetness in her gaze.

Animal control contacted 2nd Chances because they saw what a truly nice dog Dana was. The rescue took her in, and has enjoyed getting to know this wonderful dog. Dana LOVES people and vice versa. She is the epitome of what a typical pit bull is - very sweet, affectionate, people oriented, happy, with a wiggly butt always in motion. She loves to cuddle, and is nicely sized at around 45 pounds. She is housebroken, crate trained and can also be trusted to be left on her own in the house without being destructive. Dana walks nicely with a harness and if cabled out in the front of the yard, she will lay calmly without pulling and watch the world go by. She loves to lie on her back and wiggle her little heart out in the grass. Dana is about 3 years, spayed, microchipped, heartworm negative and on preventative, vaccinated and wormed. She is one lovely girl.

Wanna meet her? Contact Debbie at 2nd Chances -!%20(Id%20) . You can also see the other animals available for adoption from the rescue at their website: . The rescue is full, and cannot accept any animals until they place a few of the ones they are currently fostering, so spread the word to those thinking of adopting a four legged family member.

Do you have a dog or cat that you’ve adopted from 2nd Chances Pit Bull Rescue? Do you want to help raise money for their efforts? Commission your own dog-a-day painting prior to the end of this month, and proceeds will be returned to the rescue. For more information, please contact me at .

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And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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