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Custom Pet Portraits

Paws By Zann

HELLO.

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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1. PLACE ORDER

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

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2. GET UPDATES

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

Custom Pet Portraits on Canvas

1. ENJOY!

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

REVIEWS

Time Dice
Time DiceUSA, 2021
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We were so thrilled with our first pet portrait that we commissioned a second for my brothers family dog when she passed. Zann is a consummate professional who works quickly and then checks in at every step for feedback. In short, I could not give a high enough commendation.​
Brooke C.
Brooke C.Canada, 2017
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With every detail carefully placed right down to the look in their eyes, Zann certainly captured their individual personalities! Similarly, their unique husky facial "masks" are right on point. So I'm very impressed with the craftsmanship, professionalism and overall experience I had with Zann.
Vivian T.
Vivian T.BC, Canada, 2017
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Zann’s attention to detail shines through every stage of the process, from planning (for example, computer mock-ups of your painting) to the final piece, she would always send me updates and made sure everything was to my liking.
Davin K., USA
Davin K., USA2021
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Zann did a portrait of our two beloved pups (who have passed). It is magnificent, and brought back so many memories. It will be a treasured piece for our family.
Kylie Rae Dahlstrom
Kylie Rae Dahlstrom2021
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Zann did such an amazing job on the memorial portraits I commissioned of my chihuahuas. Above all, the realism and detail she put in brought them back to life and I am so happy with the final result ❤️ these portraits will be treasured forever!
Gillian K.
Gillian K.2021, Canada
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Zann popped up in a search for pet portrait painters, and I loved everything I saw of her portfolio and process. From my first message to her, unsure of what would work best with the snapshots I had, she was friendly, responsive, and thoroughly dedicated to honouring my beloved cats with this project.
Anthony W.
Anthony W.2022, Canada
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We recently commissioned Zann to paint a portrait of our dog who passed away. The resulting painting blew us away. The painting is far better than the photograph we sent. She is truly a very talented lady and is passionate about her craft. Highly recommended. Thank you Zann!
Brian L.
Brian L.2023, Canada
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We love our portrait of Sutro ! Zann worked with our fav picture of our little guy all blissed out, updated us as the project progressed and was very quick to complete the work. Will def commission more work in the future!
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CONTACT

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

FAQ

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!

pet portrait artist Zann Hemphill

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.

Tell me about your ideal portrait!
I'll send you a quick mock-up and we can discuss from there :)