Paws By Zann

Pet Portraits

Oil paintings by Canadian artist Zann Hemphill



My name is Zann

I live and work out of my coastal studio on Vancouver Island and ship my custom oil pet portraits across Canada. If you’d like to get a unique painting of your pet by a Canadian artist, you’re in the right place.

golden retriever dog memorial

paintings by Canadian pet portrait artist Zann Hemphill


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Pet Portraits from Photos
Canadian Pet Portrait Art
Pet Portraits on Canvas

1. Send me photos

I paint pet portraits from photos, so send me a few and tell me about your pet.

2. Choose a size

I’ll work with you to make the composition just right based on your images.

3. Give Feedback

You’ll get updates as I paint so you can see the whole process—usually 1-3 weeks.

4. Enjoy!

Your oil portrait will arrive ready-to-hang so you can brighten your walls right away.

Tim Dice
Tim Dice2021, USA
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We were so thrilled with our first pet portrait that we commissioned a second for my brothers family of their dog when she passed. Zann is a consummate professional who works quickly and checks in at every step for feedback. I could not give a high enough commendation for working with her.​
Brooke C.
Brooke C.2017, Canada
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With every detail carefully placed right down to the look in their eyes, Zann was able to capture each of their individual personalities. Even their unique husky facial "masks" are right on point. Very impressed with the craftsmanship, professionalism and overall experience I had working with Zann.
Vivian T.
Vivian T.2017, BC, Canada
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The entire process was extremely simple and smooth. Zann’s attention to detail shines through every stage of the process, from her planning stage (i.e., computer mock-ups of your painting) to the actual painting, she would always send me updates and made sure that the painting was to my liking.
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. 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!
Jim Allen
Jim Allen2021, USA
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My wife and I were so impressed seeing our finished paintings for the first time. Zann did such an extraordinary job painting individual portraits of our two cats and dog. We absolutely love them! Zann is such a talented artist, and her ability to capture their individual features and personalities in the paintings is just amazing. With the great communication provided, we never felt left out of the process. Needless to say, we are very happy with our portraits.
Larry2021, Canada
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Zann created a portrait of our beloved Saluki as a surprise for my wife’s birthday. She was so easy and nice to work with, and listened intently to create what I was looking for. Then her professional training and innate talent took over and she created a beautiful and accurate likeness of our dog with a background that totally suited the pose. An oil portrait for a lifetime. I sincerely recommend Zann to immortalize your pet.
Andrew Spak
Andrew Spak2021
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Zann was great to work with. She really has a desire to be sure that what she creates is what you want to see in the painting. So easy to communicate with and very quick to respond. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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.
John Doe
John Doe2021, USA
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I wanted to have a painting done of one of our past dogs and after looking at Zann's work on line and her you tube video I decided to contact her and arrange to have a painting done. The whole process was seamless and Zann kept me informed throughout. The painting turned out incredible and is a wonderful memorial to Lune. I will not hesitate to have Zann do another painting for us in the future.


Start your own pet painting today! Send me photos and I'll make a mockup for you.

Now you know you’re in the right place to get a unique, handmade oil painting of your pet by a Canadian artist. So if you have a portrait in mind I’d love to hear from you.

Use the form or email me:

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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. 

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!

I can definitely put multiple pets in one portrait!

If you can find a photo with all the pets together to use as a primary reference, there is no extra charge, 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. Adjusting the lighting to make different photos look natural together can be a real challenge, so one photo is better if possible.

Pet portraits are priced by size, and you can see a full list of available sizes here on my pricing page.

About Zann

Canadian Pet Portrait Artist

My journey as a pet portrait artist began in Vancouver, BC, where I worked with local pet owners who wanted to capture their best friend in on canvas with realism and depth. Since moving to Vancouver Island, I’ve worked with more pet parents in Nanaimo and Victoria, and have expanded my online presence to reach others. My animal portraits brighten the walls of pet-loving homes across Canada and the US—from BC to Toronto and Down to New York.

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.

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pet painting videos

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