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Custom Pet Portraits

Paws By Zann


My name is Zann

I paint pets out of my home studio on Vancouver Island and host the Shaw TV show “Painting Pets with Zann“. My pet portraits ship all across North America. So if you’d like to get a  handmade oil painting of your pet, you’re in the right place!

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Hand-painted pet portrait art, made by me in Canada


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Place your order securely online and send me a photo. I’ll work with you on the composition from there.

Canadian Pet Portrait Art


Next, you’ll get updates as I paint and can preview the final in 1-3 weeks.

Custom Pet Portraits on Canvas


Your oil portrait will arrive ready to hang and brighten your walls.



So you want to get a custom pet portrait painted but you’re not sure where to start. Well I’d love to hear from you! Use the form below or email me: pawsbyzann@gmail.com


Like good pizza, good art takes time. My standard pet portrait sizes can be complete and ready to ship within three weeks, but please note that oils take a few days to dry and even a rush order will require drying time. 

So if you have a particular deadline in mind, feel free to reach out to see if I can work with you to make it happen!

First off, I can definitely put multiple pets in one portrait!

Furthermore, if you can find a photo with all the pets together to use as a primary reference, then there’s no extra charge. In other words, pricing is just based on size.

But if they’re all in different photos and need to be arranged into one piece then I charge a 10% composition fee. Furthermore, adjusting the lighting to make different photos look natural together can be a real challenge. So one photo is better if possible.

Custom pet portraits are priced by size. So for specifics check out the full list of available sizes on my pricing page.

Pet Portrait Blog

Check out the painting blog so you can see inside the pet portrait process. To start off, there are a lot of videos and painting demos. Then, check out the reference and sizing guides. These posts are a great way to see before and after examples for when I paint a portrait of your pet from photos. Lastly, get in touch when you’re ready to order!

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About Zann

Pet Portrait Artist & Oil Painter​

My journey as a pet portrait artist first began in Vancouver, BC, where I worked with local pet owners who wanted to capture their best friend in on canvas in a realistic pet portrait style. Then since moving to Vancouver Island, I’ve worked with more pet parents in Nanaimo and Victoria, and have expanded my online presence. Now my animal portraits brighten the walls of pet-loving homes across Canada and the US—likewise in California, New York, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Mississippi and others.

Pet Portraits: Painting Videos

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To share more about how I work, I’ve put together a series of videos featuring custom pet portrait paintings. You can find a more complete collection on YouTube, but these go through the basic steps I follow to ensure each painting comes out looking just right.
My oil paintings are all created using traditional media and techniques. To start, I render a basic sketch of my subject, and then work up layer by layer, paying careful attention to lighting and form. It’s important to get these basics in before getting distracted by detail, or the final piece tends to fall flat. If you have questions about how I would approach painting a portrait from your images, do get in touch! I’d love to go through the process with you and talk about the many different options.