ABOUT - jennifer cruden



My passion is painting with oils, both in the studio and outdoors on location - en plein aire. My paintings are intended to take the viewer to places of serenity and peace, to a time prior to the intervention of man. I also have an interest in photographing the beautiful scenery around us and contemporary painting with resin.

Images may be from recollections of places visited. Other times, paintings develop. Sometimes a photograph may be used as a starting point, then re-arrangement/additions to this are undertaken. As a consequence, once completed, the artwork may have a familiarity of somewhere recognisable, yet not quite being the same.

Commissions accepted.



Painting on a full-time basis, have been interviewed for news articles and artwork has appeared in calendars and on Television New Zealand's Praise Be programme.

Briefly... London born, travelled to New Zealand when young with family. Told was always drawing with my mother's lipstick on everything from the age of two. However, did nothing with art until working in a corporate environment as personal assistant to ceo's in various countries around the globe.

After the many travels from New Zealand worldwide and, after stress in that corporate world, decided to take up drawing animal portraits in graphite and then on to watercolours/pastels. Then the love of painting in oils commenced.

 Painting on location at Torbay


Paintings have been purchased by many corporate organisations as well as private individuals around the globe as well as New Zealand. Amongst these are oil companies in Texas, a castle in Britain, wedding in Hong Kong, corporate office in Tokyo, home in the Hampton's, beach front penthouse on the Gold Coast, luxury liner, business office in the Cayman Islands, London solicitors, as well as large medical insurers and solicitors in New Zealand.

As mentioned above, my passion is painting with oils. It really is my life and being an artist means the colours surrounding me are so important. Always looking at nature when driving, relaxing as well as with friends. The shape of clouds, with the many greys and other colours they contain, which others are not aware of and do not see.     Really am not sure what else I would be doing if not holding a paintbrush and painting.


Paintings - oils | resin

Oil paintings are intended to take viewers to a world of peace and tranquility, long past - to a world away from today's exceedingly fast and complex environment, to a time prior to the intrusion of man. Undertaken in a more traditional manner, with many layers applied, each layer needs to dry, prior to applying the next, consequently taking days to dry dependant upon thickness or colour of paint. Palette knives may also be used.

image of painting of New Zealand artwork
image of painting of New Zealand artwork

Totally opposite to my oils, artwork involving resin is very modern and contemporary in nature, mostly of the ocean. One needs to wear protective clothing including facemask, as well - a flame is used on all layers.   Once completed these have a glass-like finish which is ideal for those wishing a more modern artwork, totally different than anything else. Each painting unable to be reproduced, as each is unique in its own special way.




Currently being undertaken. In the meantime, wishing something different?   Watch video on the prints page  

Only a small number of items will be selected for prints.

print on bag

jennifer cruden prints of New Zealand

print on phone cover

print on cushion


En plein air

'En plein air' is French for 'in the open air', particularly used to describe plein air painting.  There is a need to paint fast in order to 'capture the light' with shadows and light disappearing so quickly.

 Hunua Falls photograph