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.

Monday, November 05, 2007

“Aussie,” 6x8, lab Paws With a Cause puppy portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, $180. $36 from the sale of this painting will be returned to PAWS. Additionally, any commissioned dog-a-day portraits of PAWS dogs will result in a 20% donation back to the parent organization. Inquiries can always come to .

Aussie is currently being fostered by a volunteer with Paws With a Cause. Paws With a Cause is an organization that serves people with disabilities through service dogs. You can learn much more about their mission, programming, and how to get involved, by visiting their website: .

PAWS breeds their own dogs, primarily because of the investment in each one for a specific job. There is no leeway for health issues that could be prevalent in a shelter or rescue dog. Particularly since each service dog is headed for a lifetime of responsibility.

Puppies are sent to foster homes, where they are socialized, complete obedience training, and receive an excellent introduction to the joys of human companionship and appreciation for a job well done.

Aussie is only 4-1/2 months old, just beginning her journey. She is a little princess, a flirt, with confidence, and a strong sense of fun and adventure. This is what her foster mom had to say “…..My hope for her is that she will change the life and provide independence for someone who is deaf, handicapped or has seizures. She already melts the hearts of those who meet her...”

Can you imagine what she will be able to do when her training is complete?

I’ve been told that giving up a foster puppy is terribly difficult, but on the same hand, also insanely rewarding. There is the knowledge that this dog will make a significant, often immeasurable difference in another person’s life. I know I am not selfless enough to be able to do it. It takes a truly generous person to commit to raising the pups properly, and then to hand them over for the next stage of their lives.

So kudos to all the service dog foster families out there who are strong enough to say goodbye. And even stronger so as to be able to say hello to another puppy, and start the cycle all over again.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings and their stories with your family and friends,
See you tomorrow with another PAWS dog!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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