Custom Pet Portraits in Oil
by Artist Zann Hemphill

Zann Hemphill

Canadian Pet Portrait Artist

Zann is a Pet Portrait Artist from the West coast of Canada who works in oils out of her home art studio on Vancouver Island. She ships across Canada and the US (and occasionally to the UK).

Zann’s oil paintings have featured in art shows through the Nanaimo Arts Council, the Federation of Canadian Artists, Art 10 Gallery, the Ferry Building Gallery, the Van Dop Gallery and Art-BC, and she has appeared in Pawlogie Magazine.

Her realistic oil portraits of pets and animals attract a range of clients. Zann tackles unique painting challenges such as incomplete reference material, fantasy designs, lighting disasters and last-minute gifts.

“I’ve seen the impact pets have on their people, and I believe caring for an animal is one of the best things any human can do for their own wellbeing. My goal is to capture a moment of that happy friendship on canvas.”

“Painting pet portraits is more than my profession, it’s what I love!”

Custom Dog Portrait Art by Zann

Pet Portrait
Artist Statement

Why Pets?

It’s about their contagious attitude.

We project the best of ourselves onto our pets, and they reflect back a version we’re happier living with. Not because we necessarily look any better; we still can’t fit into last years’ jeans or remember where we put our keys. But when you think about those problems through a dog’s eyes… it’s easier to laugh about it.

Pets show us that people care too much about silly things that are hard to get. Their wants, by contrast, are simple and good and refreshingly attainable. Around a cat, it’s ok if dinner is the most important thought of the day.

Pets spark great conversations. They say a lot without words.

Art does that, too.

I want to put pets on canvas because I like what their worldview does to mine, and even on the wall I think they have a lot to say.

Canadian Pet Portrait Artist

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