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
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

“Bullwinkle,” 6”x8”, pointer mix pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, private collection (again, thank you!).

Bullwinkle, the partner in crime to yesterday’s Rocky, is another playful soul. I painted him with a toy firmly in his mouth, inviting the viewer to start a game of tug-of-war.

I neglected to mention last night that both yesterday’s and today’s (and Mon-Thur of last week’s) paintings qualified for a contribution to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kenab, Utah. To date, the Painting a Dog a Day project has raised over $150 for this group, and that amount will continue to climb during the coming weeks as I complete commissioned dog-a-day portraits resulting from the July feature article in Best Friends Magazine. My goal is to ultimately raise $1000 for the shelter – and we are well on track!! Thank you to all the kind souls who are on board!

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary will continue to be the featured shelter throughout August (I’m looking for a few more muses, if you happen to have an animal you’ve adopted from there, let me know!) – any commissioned dog-a-day portraits resulting from the aforementioned feature article will result in 20% of the paintings’ sale price being donated back to BFAS. In September, I will focus on the Oakland County (MI) Animal Control Shelter. Any commissioned dog-a-day portraits booked during September 2007 featuring animals adopted from Oakland County Animal Control will qualify for a 20% donation returned to the shelter.

Setting up a commission is not tough at all – in fact, it’s pretty basic – you submit photos (digitally to, snail mail to 346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362), and wait your turn. It requires a bit more patience than in the past – I’m booked through late February 2008. But I do have the occasional slot reserved here and there, and sometimes a client isn’t ready with their photos, and I can slide a quick request in. And if the demand requires, I will “double up” dog a days from November 1st through December 15th, to better accommodate holiday requests. (Just please consider yourself forewarned, because even these doubled slots are going fast).

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with friends and family,
See you tomorrow,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings
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