Kimberly Kelly Santini
A brilliant riot of colors festoon each thoroughbred as they race for glory in the commemorative 2015 Kentucky Derby™ artwork by Michigan artist, Kimberly Santini. Represented by galleries from New York to Naples to New Orleans, Santini's dynamic paintings are characterized by her passion for the sport of horse racing and her attention to movement, color and light. The dazzling display of energy and rich hues found in the Official Kentucky Derby art are sure to live on years after the 141st Run for the Roses™ at historic Churchill Downs.
"I see details, study body language, filter and sift through the flood of ensuing ideas, get the kids on the bus, and THEN pick up the brushes and paint.
"Painting is my livelihood. It is how I support my family. It is a passion I gratefully share with my students. It is how I give back to my community. It is an example to my kids (and others) to follow their dreams. It is also how I maintain my sanity (ok, in the interest of full disclosure, that last point about my sanity has been questioned)."
"I’ve got college degrees in art and art history, an extensive professional background in many different art arenas and some odder life experiences (like writing automobile owners manuals) that add up to who I am today. My work is widely and enthusiastically collected, sitting in corporate collections and homes around the world, and has been honored with a variety of wonderful awards (hello 2015 Kentucky Derby!!)."
"I’ve only just begun. I want to paint the world, to show you how I see light and color. I want us to share a moment where you reach into my paintings with your heart. It’s the best sort of connection to build a new friendship upon."