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ARTIST'S NOTE Sept 25th, 2007: This painting has been framed in a beautiful gilt and detailed molding, that perfectly compliments the range of color. It was juried into the 2007 Southwestern Michigan Portrait Exhibition, where my body of work (including 2 other dog-a-day entries) earned third place.

“Westie Pup (Sophie),” 5” x 7”, west highland puppy pet portrait in acrylic on canvasboard, not for sale.

When my niece recently returned from working the winter tour with a Grand Prix equestrian farm she came home with this little sweetheart. I’m not sure who got more attention – Tiffany, who had been gone for 4 months, or this bouncy little pup.

When I sat down to paint Sophie, I was reminded of my first lesson with a well respected portrait painter. She had set up a still life, entirely comprised of white objects, and we spent more time discussing the color that was bouncing around amidst all the white than we did actually painting.

There was no audible dialogue today when I painted Sophie, but that lesson was foremost in my mind.

The moral of the story – Nothing is as it really appears to be.

This painting isn’t for sale. It will eventually end up on Tiffany’s wall, after I share it through a couple different exhibitions. Hope that’s ok with you, Tiff. ;)

Thanks, as always, for looking.
And yes, please share these paintings with friends and family – I appreciate it!

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

Founding member of the Canine Art Guild
the gateway to canine art on the web


  1. Kim
    I love your pet portraits,,,I do not know how you do it all...Don't you ever rest? GOD must have given you enormous energy and good genes. Keep up the good work...I look forward to seeing your furry friends every day. Do you teach?
    I would love to take a class from you. Thanks Beverly

  2. Thanks, Bev! Guess I don't sleep much..... (or rather, wish I slept MORE!!) Right now it looks as though I'll be leading a painting group in the fall through the Orion Art Center. Watch their calendar for more information. :)


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