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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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"Kentucky Skyline"

"Kentucky Skyline," 8" x 16", acrylic on canvasboard, equine landscape painting. Inquiries to

The Kentucky bluegrass area has to be, in all seriousness, one of the most beautiful areas of the country. I visited two springs ago, and my head still swims from all I saw. The landscape undulates in every direction, dotted with horses and outlines with pristine fencing or ancient stone walls, graced with the sun's smile and gentle breezes. I wanted to paint a landscape today that nodded to all I remembered from Kentucky.

I've been looking at Wayne Thiebaud's landscape paintings which are aerial typographical sorts of maps, where each field or element has a separate and distinct shape and bright color. Obviously there is some influece creeping in from these. I also interested in intentionally placing the horizon line at the center of the canvas (a supposed "no-no" rule).

I had tried a similar composition on a much larger scale (see "Double Horizon" from last summer at, but was concentrating on color temperatures and the push and pull created by the horse in the extreme foreground and the landscape in the far distance. "Double Horizon" is more about the horse (well, there's much more of his body included, for one) and less about the space he lives in.

Even though this painting features a horse in the foreground, it's really all about the background landscape. I treated the landscape bit of the painting as I might an abstract painting (did you know that I painted huge abstract paintings for about 7 years?). I studied the colors and shapes more carefully once I got the values correct, and tweaked them just a bit to balance their aesthetics without losing any of the realism, enjoying the pattern they created.

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Kimberly Kelly Santini
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