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 27, 2018


In front of "Rosie" (portrait of The Princess and not for sale), from left, "Pink Bunny," "Dotted Bun" and "Flemish Bun,"each 8"x8"x2", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas with image painted around the sides (so no need to frame). These will sit on their own or can be hung directly on the wall. Each is $149 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

Monday, February 26, 2018


Kimberly Kelly Santini 
paintings with soul
because our world needs more beauty
"Oval Chick," 9" x 12", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, oval, with painted sdes (so no need to frame). Because I am SO HAPPY we have sunshine today and the snow is melted (I might have just cursed us, so sorry Michigan) I'm going to let her go for $150 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


"O'Keefe," 12" x 14", acrylics on museum quality panel, $499 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

I needed to paint something silly and lighthearted, so O'Keefe, my hamster, became my muse. Originally I was going to have her flying (sort of siren-ish), but I couldn't pull it off. So instead I placed her firmly on the ground, sitting on an O'Keefe painting. Which was an absolute delight to create.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


"Tragic," a Siren painting, 24" x 48", acrylics on panel, $1499 to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

I used color to work through my tears today. I have no words. There are none. But there's so many feels.


Wishing love, peace and strength to all who are hurting, today and always. I see you.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Leap of Faith, a Siren painting

"Leap of Faith," a Siren painting, 24" x 30", acrylics on panel, $699 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

The second generation of Sirens (you can see the first ones here) has me thinking about the challenges of life. I can't paint these things without first visualizing them, and therein lies the challenge, because we typically cannot "see" an individual's struggle. I've spent lots of time imagining fear, conflict, faith, hope, grace as I jump into these new paintings.

I welcome your thoughts - is this one successful? what else would you like to see me tackle?

Thanks so very much!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Alice Honeybuns

"Alice Honeybuns," 12" x 12" x 3/4", acrylics on cradeled birch panel, $529 plus s&h to the first asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me - .

I love the story of Alice in Wonderland, especially the conflict between reality/dream/imagination that some feel they should debate. To me, the answer to that doesn't matter in the least. It's a delightfully imaginative story.

What I have been thinking about, though, is what emotions Alice might have been feeling as the story unwound. I chose to paint her this time as a precocious and curious girl, stepping into the story with her stuffed bunny (The Velveteen Rabbit is another love of mine).

There's more Alice's in the works - I have 4 of these little panels and plan to make a series of them.

Finally, many thanks to those of you who wished me well last week. I don't usually get sick, and dang, this flu was some serious stuff. I am slowly returning to reality - it felt great to paint for a bit this afternoon.

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