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.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

“Pasha’s Eyes,” 4x6, pit bull portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $50. Inquiries to . Proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Humane Society of the United States, to help offset care and rehabilitation costs for the 54 dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s property earlier this summer. (PLEASE NOTE: Due to the HSUS's change of heart (see August 3rds posting), I'm instead donating to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.)


I just don’t understand the appeal of dog fighting, or even just the bad rep pit bulls have, especially when dogs like Pasha cross my path. Rotties had that same sort of reputation a few years back, and that breed suffered prejudice as well.

Pasha is a pit bull whose current life is in extreme juxtaposition to a dark beginning. Dropped at an animal hospital by a suspected dog-fighting breeder, Pasha was nearly bald and covered in scabs from mange. He survived parvo, was severely malnourished, and had lived his entire life crated. After 4 months of nursing and gentle care, he found a forever home with a doting family. They claim he’s not the cleverest of dogs, a goofball with charming clumsiness, and terribly eager to be loved. He remains skittish and scared of new things, but has thoroughly enjoyed his last 10 years of “the good life.”

Not so bad for a dog once destined for a very short and brutally vicious life.

On another note, I wanted to mention that the Canine Art Guild has just opened their second online exhibition, “Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun.” I have 3 pieces in this show, all dog-a-day paintings. And not that you should vote for them (there’s PLENTY of other options!), but there is a People’s Choice award up for grabs. There is some really, errr, fun, art there (yeah, I know – BAD pun). You can view the CAG show at

I’ll also have a booth at next week’s Dog Day’s of August event in downtown Lake Orion on Saturday, August 11th. Please stop by if you are in the area and bring your four-legged friends – I’ll have my camera ready to shoot all sorts of reference photos. It promises to be a fun day all around!

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

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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