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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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

"Terrier Study," 5x7, jack russell or parson's terrier portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $90. $18 from the sale of this painting will go to the Oakland Pet Adoption Center/Oakland Pet Fund in the buyers’ name. Available to the first buyer – all inquiries to .

This little guy was one of two male JRT strays picked up by Oakland Animal Control right before Labor Day weekend. As of last week, both were crated together, and keeping each other company. This guy was the more confidant one, nudging the gate handle on his crate, furiously wagging his stubby tail, while his partner in crime sat back and quietly checked me out. Both of them carried tremendous light in their eyes. They were chock full of terrier vitality, and I longed to see them working over a pile of logs or romping through a field together.
Again, just to reiterate how Shelter & Rescue Week works - Each of the paintings completed this week were inspired by an animal at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center (OPAC) in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The paintings are available to the first buyer, with 20% of the sales being returned to the shelter. Also, if you have an animal you’ve adopted from the shelter, and commission a portrait of them during the month of September, 20% of your purchase will be donated back to the shelter.
The goal of the OPAC is to be a no kill shelter by 2010. Actually, that is the goal of all of Oakland County Michigan. How will they get there?
First, by educating the public. I'll borrow some text from the Oakland Pet Fund's flyer ".....euthanasia is NOT an acceptable method to address the homeless companion animal situation We need to change to a life preservation solution based approach."
They advocate spaying and neutering, opening homes to foster parenting, providing pet training and socialization, continuing community education, sponsoring adoption events, and volunteering (working with the animals or in efforts that benefit the animals, like financial, marketing, database, fundraising, grant writing, etc). Additional information about the fund and how you can get involved is available on their web site: .
I am especially pleased to be able to help them with monies raised by the Painting a Dog a Day project.
Thank you, as always, for your time.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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