Labrador Retriever Paintings in Oil — by Zann Hemphill

Pet art in oil - lab dog in sunlight realistic

Labrador Retriever Wall Art over 5 Years I’ve been painting pet portraits professionally since 2017, and over that time there have been a LOT of labs! And there are a couple things I love about painting them. For one thing, having a dog that’s all one colour means I get to focus a lot more […]

Rabbit Portraits: Paintings in Oil you’ll Love

Rabbit portrait painting oil on canvas two bunnies art

Life as a pet portrait artist who paints rabbits When most pet owners approach me for a pet portrait, they ask things like ‘how much do pet portraits cost’ or ‘how long do your paintings take’. But rabbit owners start off with… do you even paint rabbits?? Can you paint my rabbit for me?? And […]

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Commission New Painting — 25th Anniversary

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs 25th Anniversary Painting

Celebrating a Puppy’s Journey to Become a Guide Dog The BC Guide Dogs society provides professionally trained guide dogs, autism service dogs, and PTSD service dogs for people in BC and Alberta. For their 25th Anniversary, Canadian artist Zann Hemphill was approached to create a piece celebrating the incredible dedication these dogs show, and the […]

Painting a Black Dog in Oils [Video] with Buddy the Great Dane Puppy

Painting black dogs buddy great dane video

Full Great Dane Painting Video (breakdown below) In this post, I’ll walk through what I’m doing when painting black dogs in more detail. Check out the video for a 3-minute demonstration! As with most animal paintings, everything starts with getting the anatomy right first and—then progressing through the different values. In oils, you usually […]

Happy Dog Art by Canadian Painter

Dog Portrait Painting

Happy Dog Art, Happy People From the contented company of an old friend to manic whole-body wags greeting me at the end of the day, nothing makes me smile quite like getting smiled at by a dog. I loved making each of these happy dog paintings because they show just how pets and their owners […]

Amazing Pet Portraits from Photos (Before and After)

Cat Portrait from Photo

Making Pet Portraits from Photos I paint pet portraits from photos, using one or more of my clients’ favourite pics to start off. The “or more” part usually comes in when the piece is a gift or memorial. Getting a perfect reference photo isn’t as easy as grabbing your phone and your dog and heading […]

How to Make a Horse Oil Painting in 5 Steps

Horse Painting in Oil Pet Portrait from Photo

Horse Oil Painting Featuring Luna the Mare This post goes through some of the unique challenges of painting horses from photos, as well as my complete painting process—start to finish. I go through these same steps with all of my pet portraits, starting with some digital mockups. Luna’s owners sent over several photos. But one […]

How do you paint dog eyes realistically? [video]

This video will focus in on how long it takes to put the finishing touches on a dog’s eyes. So I’ll take the piece from sketched-in all the way to fully rendered. This stage is important because before you see it with your own eyes, the rendering process can seem like magic. It’s not. Making […]