Paws By Zann
My name is Zann
I paint custom pet portraits out of my home studio on Vancouver Island, and ship oil paintings across North America. So if you’d like to get a unique, handmade oil painting of your pet you’re in the right place!
Hand-painted pet portrait art, and made in Canada
HOW TO ORDER
1. Send ME A PHOTO
I paint pet portraits from photos, so to get started, send over your favourite!
2. Choose a size
Next, I’ll work with you to make the composition just right based on your image.
3. Give Feedback
Then you’ll get updates as paint, so you can see the whole process—usually 1-3 weeks.
Your oil portrait will arrive ready to display and brighten your day.
You're in good hands.
I’m a professional portrait artist with years of training and experience I will put to work to create custom pet portraits, paintings, and pet memorials that look just like your pet!
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 to get in touch.
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.
GET IN TOUCH
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 you can take a look at reference photo and sizing guides. And these are a great way to see the before and after when I paint a portrait of your pet from photos. Lastly, get in touch when you’re ready to order!
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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.
To sum up, painting pets from photos has allowed me to make a career of my two favourite things: art and animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits and horses, I paint them all.
pet portraits: Painting videos
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.