Kimberly Santini is formally educated as a painter, with a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History, but worked a traditional career path for over a decade. She set up a home studio in 2001 and began with commissioned portraiture. In 2006 she committed to daily painting, a creative practice she continues today. Santini brings her unique voice to the easel with an unparalleled sense of color and spontaneity. She was honored as official artist of the 2015 Kentucky Derby, spent 18 months (2017-2018) creating an expressive figurative series of nearly 100 pieces, and is currently painting intuitively using allegory as a gateway to abstractions which she calls “Daydreams.”
She is enamored with her materials and the trace of the artists’ hand. Line, form and the properties of paint drive compositions filled with intriguing passages built from linear elements and arbitrary color. Layers build a dream-like scape, yet all is rooted in an expressive core with a personal vocabulary of color, intriguing marks, and form. Santini paints a beauty much needed in our world. Her paintings define our relationship with others and build connections between possibility, intentions, and the trace of our actions.
She maintains a well of online resources, including an active social media presence of in-process and behind the scene details (Facebook and Instagram). Santini continues to blog multiple times weekly, and her entire body of work including over a decade of daily paintings is archived at www.PaintingaDogaDay.com. Originals are hanging in galleries across the country or available directly through the artist, prints, reproductions and textiles can be ordered and shipped directly via online vendors. She has written and self published a number of books as well. Santini travels to teach multi-day workshops several times annually while also mentoring (in-person and online) other artists. She has an online classroom (Patreon), where students get an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into both mental and physical processes, along with studio management guidance. And she, along with Alabama painter Ardith Goodwin, is co-creator of #journalthroughit, a free online art journaling collective begun in March 2020, in response to the corona virus pandemic.
The artist makes her home in Lake Orion, Michigan, where she lives and works in a historic cottage filled with fairy dust and laughter. She has three children (four if you count her husband), adult in age if not demeanor (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). There is a herd of family pets, as well, which at the moment includes 2 dogs, 2 cats, a tank of fish and a pony sized rabbit
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