“My work is a celebration of sea, wind, sky, light and life revealed in rich and vibrant oil paint using my personal visual language of fresh and direct brushmarks. Painting en plein air is central to my practice, and I travel to seek new experiences and fresh inspiration to feed back into my studio work. I strive for simplicity and economy and to make every mark count, walking a fine line between shape and suggestion.”
Haidee-Jo gained a BA Hons degree in illustration but knew even before graduating in 1994 that her future lay in fine art instead. She has been exhibiting and teaching painting for the last 21 years and won her first major award in 1997 with the Royal Institute of Oil painters. Although much in demand as a tutor she now limits teaching to painting holidays abroad and weekend workshops in order to concentrate fully on painting and gallery commitments.
In 2015 Haidee-Jo was elected an associate member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters and a full member in 2016. In 2017, she was elected an associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.
Haidee-Jo’s work features fresh and vibrant brushwork coupled with keen drawing and observational skills which result in lively celebratory paintings that glow with light and sing with colour. Well known as a plein air marine and landscape painter she also develops favourite themes in the studio and is an avid sketcher. Her work features regularly in The Artist magazine and she is currently filming a DVD with APV films.
2015 - Great Art Award
2014 - First prize at Paint Out Norwich plein air event
2014 Rosemary brushes prize at ‘A brush with the broads
2014 First prize The Buxton Spa prize plein air competition
2014 The Artist purchase prize award selected by Ken Howard RA
2014 Pro Arte award
2013 Royal Talens prize
2012 First prize Royal Institute of Oil painters portrait painting evening.
2012 Pro Arte prize.
2012 Awarded Artist of the Year by the SAA (Society of All Artists)
2008 Willoughby Trust prize
1998 Young Artists Award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
1997 Young Artists award, Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition.
The Artist exhibition, 2012 - 2015
Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques, 1990
Artists & Illustrators magazine features, 1997 - 1999
The Artist magazine features, 2012 - 2016
Forthcoming book ‘Vibrant Oils’, to be published 2017
SAA Paint magazine cover artist, 2012
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Haidee-Jo Summers ROI RSMA - 2016
Haidee-Jo Summers ROI RSMA - 2017
Haidee-Jo Summers ROI RSMA - 2019
Haidee-Jo Summers ROI RSMA - 2018