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, January 31, 2008

"Spot (Bull Terrier Study)," 4" x 8", bull terrier painting (I hope I got the breed right!), acrylic on canvasboard, $135 to the first buyer. Inquiries to

The reference photo for this painting was taken last December at the AKC Eukanaba National Championships Dog Show (which will be aired this weekend! check your local listings). This young guy was calmly hanging out ringside, oblivious to the chaos around him, including me jockeying with my camera.

I wanted to introduce a little more color to the painting, so I removed the concrete backdrop and the harsh lighting, and put him outside on an expanse of lawn, with reflected blues and greens on his form. That's one of the beauties of being an artist - I'm never limited to just what's immediately front of me, but can pull things out of my hat, too, periodically.

Thanks again for your time today!I'll be back tomorrow with this week's final installment, and a couple of exciting links, too, I hope.......

Kimberly Kelly Santini
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings
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