Portraits by NC - Orange County, CA Studio offers hand painted, custom oil portraits of people and pets - dogs, cats, horses by Portrait Artist Enzie Shahmiri 

Welcome to Portraits by NC!
My name is Enzie (pronounced just like the initials NC) and I am a professional portrait artist living in Southern California.  My portrait painting career began in 1999, when I decided to turn a lifelong passion of painting oil portraits of pets and people into a business.

I specialize in made to order hand painted oil portraits and work closely with clients to create artwork that is not only a true likeness, but also a beautiful piece of art that fits with your home decor. 

portrait-artist-enzie-shahmiriAs a classically trained oil painter, I  merge traditional painting techniques with digital technology to create custom hand painted oil portraits and paintings in variety of sizes and styles for distinguished homes. Ordering a portrait or custom painting is very easy - just send me your photos, tell me your choice of background  and place your order
My pet and family portraits and paintings have been collected worldwide and my artwork has been in several galleries, featured in books, magazines, in a documentary and even minted on a commemorative coin. Besides painting custom portraits of people and pets I also paint decorative artwork for galleries, decorators and licensing firms. Contact us for Licensing Inquiries.
Behind the scene are many people who help me with various tasks. Weather it is help with shipping your artwork or creating products that bear my designs,  our commitment to you is always the same - top notch quality and great customer service.

Enzie Shahmiri and her art has been featured in books, magazines, newspapers and in a documentary. Enzie has been a guest speaker on the topic of art and a juror for several art competitions.

Below is a list of the highlights:

OC Register Article




As a child I learned that my drawings would make people smile. This encouraged me to draw even more and soon I realized that there is great power in sharing ones art.

This realization led to an idea that perhaps I could also use my love for painting to make a contributions to better the life of others. 

I am now committed to help as many charitable organizations as possible by donating 10% of each sale made through this site . I donate in a couple of ways:

  • Monetary Donations 
  • Gift Certificate Donation 
  • Art Work Donation 

 If you represent a charity, I welcome your donation requests for portrait gift certificates to use at your auction events.


Finger Lakes Adopt a Grey FLAAG - (FLAAG) is a volunteer run non-profit (501(c)3), dedicated to finding home for greyhounds in the southern tier of NY state.
The Shea Center - Improving the lives of people with disabilities through therapeutic horse-related programs
Boxer Rescue Los Angeles 
Japan Tsunami Relief Effort Etsy
Mahak Charity - Society to support children suffering from Cancer
Etsy for Charity - Donated artwork to various charities
Debussy chapter of the Guilds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center

Gary L. Hoop Foundation - Medical Charity for Children With Cancer Severe Medical Conditions
The Wellington School Arts Premiere - In support of essential school programs
Nothing but Nets - Funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa
United Nations UNHCR - The UN's refugee agency to help the people of Darfur
BABC Scholarship Program - British American Business Council Scholarship Program
Pink Artists Community Fundraiser for Breast Cancer