About Pop Zoo

about Pop Zoo

© 2017 Mark Wylie

© 2017 Mark Wylie

I often say that six-year-old me would be really proud of how I turned out. When I was six, I wanted to be four things: an artist, a paleontologist, a veterinarian and a unicorn. Well, two out of four ain't too bad if you ask me. I'll leave it up to you to decipher which two won out, but I'll give you a hint: I have a B.F.A. in Painting and Art History and absolutely no background in science. Also, I have this weird bump in the center of my forehead, but we don't have to discuss it.

© 2017 Mark Wylie

© 2017 Mark Wylie

Pop Zoo is a natural extension of my penchant for parrots, pugs and painting. My hand-painted pet portraits marry a Pop sensibility with an obsessive attention to detail capturing your pet's singular personality. All paintings are zero-VOC latex enamel house paint on canvas; their uniquely slick surface is achieved by applying subtle shades of paint in flat layers with a No. 4 liner brush.  After all, it's the little details that make a portrait come alive, and I have the giant stack of tiny brushes to prove it. It's incredibly rewarding to make art that celebrates and immortalizes the colorful critters who share our lives and I can't imagine a better job. 

Speaking of sharing one's life: I share mine (and occasionally my studio) with two rescued chihuahua mixes and an ever-rotating cast of foster dogs. Follow me on Instagram to see pictures of them and to get a glimpse of my life in and out of the studio.