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, February 04, 2008

This is the first full week of February, which, as the first full week of any month, means the dog-a-day paintings will profile special needs animals (or animals who provide special needs). This week the Painting a Dog a Day project will be focused entirely on dogs housed by Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ( in Kenab Utah. Each of the paintings sold this week will result in donations made to the animal sanctuary in the purchaser's name. To date, the Painting a Dog a Day project has raised over $1500 for Best Friends alone - a feat I am terribly proud of.

That said, let's get to two of this week's faces.

"Good Old Boy (Grover)," 4" x 6", mixed breed (lab?) portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $115 to the first buyer. Inquiries may always come to .


Grover has been a resident of BFAS for 6 years. He lost his original home due to severe nervous anxiety. Medication has helped, but he still suffers from separation anxiety and cannot be left alone for too long. He loves attention, long walks, and is terribly affectionate with an expressive face (he works it, too!).

"Hutch," 4" x 5", mixed breed dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $105 to the first buyer. Inquiries again may come to .


Hutch, only 5, has been at the shelter for 4 of those years. He is aggressive towards other dogs, but great with people. Who wouldn't want that sweet little face jogging alongside them?

Special thanks also to Molly Wald and Gary Kalpakoff, both from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, for generously sharing their photographs and allowing me to paint from them.

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for supporting groups like Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Every little bit makes a difference - one life changed is one life changed.
See you tomorrow,

PS Don't forget to catch the National Geographic Channel's "Dog Town" series that focuses entirely on the dogs rehabilitated at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

Kimberly Kelly Santini
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