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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


My new studio space was the perfect setting for a mandala crafted from treasures by my art journaling group.
It's hard to believe that (American) Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Thanksgiving heralds in two birthdays (in this household), holidays split between two families (one in Michigan, the other in Canada) and a quiet us-only end of year celebration. After tomorrow the days will become a blur of preparation, anticipation and celebration.
I am so lucky to be in this moment, surrounded by family and loved ones. We have a warm and dry home, clean running water and plenty of food. I do not take any of that for granted.

I am also lucky to have your support enabling me to paint. For 17 years now YOU have supported my family through the purchase of my paintings. We thank you for that, and wish many blessings and love for all.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Magic (or Santa snorts reindeer dust)

Christmas Magic (Santa snorts some reindeer dust!), 16" x 16" x 2", acrylics on cradeled museum quality panel (sides painted dark blue), $699 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to .
This year's 12 Days of Christmas will feature holiday themed artwork, of which the above is a preview.. A tease, I suppose, of what's to come. Joyful original paintings to gift a loved one or decorate your home with.
In order to guarantee holiday delivery, I will start my 12 days on Monday, November 27th, which will end them on December 8th, leaving us a good cushion of time for shipping.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Painted Sketches are back!

I offer them once a year! Painted sketches are loosely painted, colorful studies of your furry family member. They carry all the hallmarks of a Santini original with a lower price point.
DETAILS: Sketches are done in acrylic on artists’ paper.  The image is roughly centered with generous margins on a 9” x 12” page (each painting is typically a minimum of 4” wide). Individual sizes will vary. Animal will be placed within a painted framework with potentially an ear/bit of fur popping over the edge. Portraits are colorful, loose, personality packed treasures that should be framed and protected behind glass.

MORE DETAILS: Price includes a single likeness. Clients submit their own copyright-free non-flash photographs. Artist retains creative license to compose sketch, choose background colors, etc. Domestic shipping included in purchase price. International shipping varies. Projects must be confirmed by the artist and ready to go (suitable photos in the artist’s possession and project paid in full) by November 15, 2017. Holiday delivery guaranteed.
Reserve your spot via email: 

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Fresh Snow

First Snow, 14" x 18", acrylics on museum quality panel, $699 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to .

Want something similar starring your dog? I work from your photos to create an image that is uniquely your pet. Museum quality panels start at $399 - inquire now for holiday delivery. 
It's been a crazy couple of weeks, between unexpectedly having to purchase a new car, moving into my out-side-the-house-studio, planning an open studio event, shipping work to a new gallery, diving headfirst into an exciting new series of paintings and feeling a bit under the weather. But I'm persisting and learning every day.
Today I learned how to check a head gasket in an engine, took in an exhibition that didn't thrill me much at all (but it's still important to look!), read up on the election results (which were exciting to say the least), played in the leaves with the dogs, and ate my spinach. Now I'm ready for jammies and a book.

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