Haidee-Jo Summers

Oil painting of horses under a tree titled "Gathered in the shade" by artist Haidee-Jo Summers

“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.

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.

Oil Painting First snow, Drove allotments by Haidee-Jo Summers

First snow, Drove allotments

Awards

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.

Juried Exhibitions

ROI 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2005, 1998, 1997

RSMA 2015, 2014, 2013

NEAC 2015

The Artist exhibition 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Galleries

The Russell Gallery, Putney

The Harbour Gallery, Portscatho

The Staithes Gallery, Staithes

Peter Barker Fine Art Gallery, Uppingham

The Little Picture Gallery, Mousehole

Ashdown Gallery, East Sussex

The Fletchergate Gallery, Nottingham

Oil painting Gathered in the shade by Haidee-Jo Summers

Gathered in the shade

Publications
Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques 1999
Artists & Illustrators magazine features 1997 – 1999
The Artist magazine features 2012 – 2016
Forthcoming book ‘Vibrant Oils’ Search Press to be published 2017
SAA Paint magazine cover artist 2012

Society membership
Elected Associate member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters December 2015

Testimonials
“I’m always amazed, though I shouldn’t be, at what you can do with so few colours and gestures.”
“You have an absolutely amazing command in everything you do. Your acute understanding and observational skills are outstanding along with wonderful tonal qualities and the knowledge of colour orchestration. I believe you are destined to be one of the best painters of your generation working in the UK.”
“Stopped me in my tracks. So real I had to tell myself that I’d never been there but I know that place so well. Love it.”
“What I love about your light is that you feel it emotionally as well as seeing it with your eyes. Wonderful stuff.”
“I look at the way you portray the wonderful effects of light with sometimes subtle strokes, and also with bold strokes of the brush.”
“I like your style and the fact that despite being an established artist, you are friendly and approachable.”
“It seems so thinly painted with such an accurate touch… it sometimes looks like a watercolour and yet it’s got the full richness of oils.”
“You just say it all with so little.”
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