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I love to paint. My passion is painting with oils. With an interest in photography, graphics, site design and now, recently taken up, painting 'en plein air' (out on location).

My paintings may be from recollections of places visited. Other times, paintings develop as I proceed. Not copying from photographs although, I may sometimes use a photograph as a starting point, then rearrange and add.   As a consequence, upon completion, my art may have a famiiiarity to viewers of somewhere recognisable, yet not quite being the same.

Commissions accepted.

 

 Painting on location at Torbay



 

Myself

Briefly... London born, travelling to New Zealand when young with my parents. Am told was always drawing with my mother's lipstick on everything from the age of two. However, simply did not enjoy what was taught in school art when in New Zealand and stopped completely.

Eventually, after many years working and after stress in the corporate world, decided to take up drawing animal portraits in graphite whilst living in Australia on the Gold Coast and then in NZ on to painting . Now loving my oils as well as a newly acquired love of painting outside on location - 'en plein air'.

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

Slight pause

A little while back, I went through a bad time in my life with the illness/passing of my mother and the ability to pick up a brush simply disappeared. This continued for well over four plus years. Even the thought of painting was not there ... nothing.   So unlike me, as the force of needing to paint usually took over every second of my every day life.

Onwards

Feeling the need to again start to paint but not even knowing how to make myself start saw a workshop offered in Perth, Australia. This was with Leon Holmes for en plein air/knife painting (Leon was just starting out then, and I mentioned to him thought he would become a very well known artist - I was correct - as now he is sought after at many plein air events worldwide).

Thought this would be a good way to get myself back into painting by trying something entirely different and travelling outside of New Zealand to do so. Booked the workshop, booked the flight, and stayed with another painter/attendee, someone whom I had never met before. From this met wonderful people, a lifetime friend and fell in love with painting out on location.

 

oil painting of three pears

Have since participated in other workshops - with internationally known Australian artists John Wilson and Warwick Fuller, and in New Zealand down the south island with John Crump It was a pleasure to meet with each of these, to share painting days with them as well as other artists.

 

image of painting of New Zealand artwork
 

Paintings


My 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 basis, with many layers applied and also using a palette knife, my oil paintings take a while to complete, as each layer must be dry, prior to applying the next.

View paintings  

 

 
COASTAL
MOUNTAINS
FLORAL
FLORAL

 

Prints

My art is available on various items. Including -

Wall Art | Home Decor | Lifestyle | Greeting Cards | Scarves | Ladies Wear

New Zealand scenes make a superb 'different' gift for others - or ... treat yourself.

Something different?   Watch video on the -

PRINTS PAGE  

Future prints - Am presently undertaking new artwork some of which will be available as future prints. Please check back to keep an eye on these.
Or, if you would like to be kept updated on these, contact me to be placed on an 'update' list. Thank you.

 
 
prints of paintings and photographs


jennifer cruden prints of New Zealand

print on phone cover

print on cushion

print on bag


 


 Hunua Falls photograph

En plein air


'En plein air' is French for 'in the open air', particularly used to describe plein air painting.  Having recently taken up this way of painting, have found myself challenged. There is a need to paint fast in order to 'capture the light' with shadows and light disappearing so quickly.

Not for the faint hearted. plein air painting certainly challenges the painter, not only with the type of paint used to paint out in the open, but also having to cope with the environment, including flies, mosquitoes, bugs, cold, wind, rain, heat, onlookers and lack of facilities. Not to mention the equipment to be transported.

A plein air group has been set up in Auckland as well as a facebook page specifically for New Zealand 'en plein air' paintings. 

PLEIN AIR PAINTINGS