Custom Cat


Custom Cat portraits artist

Custom Cat Portraits

by Zann Hemphill

Welcome to my gallery of oil-on-canvas cat portraits, custom painted in my Canadian studio. I create unique, handmade cat paintings from your photos, and would love to paint your feline friend for you!

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Recent cat portrait paintings - custom cat portraits in oil

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I paint cats from photos

To get started on your own custom cat paintings, send me a picture of your kitty and we can work on a composition together. You can use the contact form below, or email me at

If your favourite photo isn’t lit or cropped how you’d like, an oil painting of your cat can keep the parts you love while taking the rest to the next level. Cat art is the best art!



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


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

3. Enjoy!

Your oil portrait will arrive ready to hang on the wall and brighten your day.


Start your own custom cat portrait today!

You’re in the right place to get a unique custom paintings of your cats. So if you have a cat portrait in mind I’d love to hear from you. Use the form or send me an email:

Please note I am on maternity leave starting Fall 2023, so I may take more time than usual to respond. 

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Tim Cantrell
Tim Cantrell2021, USA
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I did an exhaustive search on the internet to find the right person to do a cat portrait painting of my wife's favorite, Riley, who recently passed away. I'm so thankful I found Zann. The finished product brought tears of joy to my wife, and we highly recommend Zann. She is as passionate about animals as she is about her craft.
Nick Wunder
Nick Wunder2021, USA
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Zann’s work is so amazing. This custom painting of our cat of Chloe was unreal, and she was great to work with sending updates along the way. Could not have asked for a better finished product. Recommend to all!!
Bill A.
Bill A.2021, USA
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I wanted to have a portrait done of one of our past dogs, so after looking at Zann's work on line and her you tube video I contacted her to get a painting. Zann kept me informed during the whole process. Then the painting turned out incredible, and is a wonderful memorial to Lune. So I will not hesitate to have Zann do another painting for us in the future.
Vivian T.
Vivian T.2017, BC, Canada
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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.
Kylie Rae Dahlstrom
Kylie Rae Dahlstrom2021, SK, Canada
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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!
Davin K.
Davin K.2021, USA
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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.
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CAT portrait paintings in video

To share more about how I work, I’ve put together a series of cat portrait painting videos. You can find a more complete collection on YouTube, but these go through the basic steps I follow to ensure each kitty comes out looking just right.

My custom cat portraits 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, so the final piece looks round and soft and realistic. In other words, so it’s as cat-like as possible.

If you have questions about how I would approach a custom cat portrait from your photos, get in touch! I’d love to go through the process with you and talk about the many different options.

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