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.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

FROM TOP: "Zak V," 8" x 10", $249 SOLD; "Zak IV," 6" x 12", $219; "Zak III," 6" x 8", $149 SOLD; "Zak II," 6" square, $149 SOLD; "Zak I," 4" x 8", $149 SOLD. Borzoi dog portraits in acrylic on canvasboard, available for purchase. Inquiries to .

Sometimes my job is so hard. Like when I have SO many gorgeous photos, and I have to paint just one piece from them. It's nearly impossible.

And when I sat down last night with all of Zak's photos, I couldn't choose. Then my husband innocently asked why just one. And it suddenly became very simple. I didn't have to choose - I'd ask my clients to!

I grabbed 5 canvasboards and got to work. It became a Zak-Fest.

Zak at play, Zak at rest, Zak in the snow, Zak in the sunshine, a younger, sillier Zak, and an older Zak, silver with knowledge.

There's high contrast paintings that are all about the abstraction of the shapes, and there are pieces more softly lit, with subtle gradations and brushwork that takes centerstage. There's thick, gloppy paint dragged across the surface and there's thin layers of translucent glazes and color. There's tonal paintings and pieces built on complimentary colors.

Like I said, it's a Zak-fest. And it was a blast!

As always, inquiries may come to me at Please identify which Zak piece you would like in your email, and I will connect with you asap.

And I must not forget to thank returning collector Joanie Howard for purchasing another dog tag painting ("Green Tags #1) to add to her growing collection. Congratulations, Joanie - you chose one of my favorite pieces from that series.

Thanks as always for looking at my art and sharing the paintings with your friends and family.
I'll be back tomorrow with more faces!

Kimberly Kelly Santini
distinctive pet portraits
& 4-legged paintings
come. sit. stay.
enjoy the art.

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