PET PORTRAITS â&#x20AC;&#x153;A WORK OF ARFâ&#x20AC;?
A Shaggy Dog Story in Not So Many Words, 24" x 24", Zann Hemphill (experimental oil)
Throughout history, humans have commissioned great artists to paint portraits of their beloved animal companions. Noble hunting dogs, feline companions, and equine mounts have long been the subject of portraiture for centuries. While the 10
tradition of individual humans posing for intricate classical portraits has since fallen out of favour, pet portraits are now more accessible than ever. Pet portraits often involve the owner sending a reference photograph to an artist who
recreates the photo in their own unique artstyle. These portraits are a wonderful way to commemorate a pet that has passed or to feature a stunning original piece of artwork in your home. Following are profiles of Canadian pet portraiture artists: