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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


"Blissful (Chicklet)," 6" x 12", commissioned pet portrait, mixed breed, private collection (THANK YOU!).

Chicklet was the perfect candidate for my Thanksgiving painting. She arrived at a veterinary hospital on behalf of an animal shelter, having been found wandering the streets and in need of medical care. No wonder. Poor thing wasn't suffering from an upper respiratory infection, as originally thought, but rather from a chronic sinus infection due to teeth that had rotted through her jaw bone. One of the attending nurses fell in love, and adopted Chicklet as soon as the waiting period had ended.

Chicklet has arthritis in her back end, a large hernia on her stomach, liver disease, no remaining teeth, and recently has gone blind in one eye. Despite her ailments, she remains happy and thankful for each moment. She dances for her food, chases cats when given the chance, and loves whatever slice of life she has left (estimates put her at 13-15 years old).

My client, Chicklet's mother, wrote me this morning (after previewing the painting): "I can't even begin to tell you the feeling I have of knowing I will ALWAYS have that ridiculously adorable, twisted, sneezy, happy face to smile at every day for the rest of my life. There will still definately be a sadness when she is physically gone, but her little light will shine forever both in our hearts and now on our wall to keep her face fresh in our minds."

It's no wonder Chicklet loves every moment of her life, as she clearly is adored to pieces. How can one NOT thrive in such an environment?

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers, regardless of whether you are celebrating our (US) holiday. I wish that you spend your weekend surrounded by those who love you dearly. And a pumpkin pie or two. Have a piece for me, as I'll be busily gorging myself on stuffing, and most likely will not leave room.

I will resume posting the daily paintings Monday. If you are waiting for a holiday piece that was scheduled this week, never fear, as I will be working in the background, and will contact you privately..

Again, Happy Thanksgiving. I remain so very grateful for all that you have allowed me to accomplish!
Kim

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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