Haidee-Jo Summers’ paintings on display at Staithes Gallery

Haidee-Jo Summers enjoys a successful career as a full-time professional artist and tutor working from her Lincolnshire home and studio as well as a base in Brittany.  She is also a regular contributor of articles to art magazines, particularly The Artist, and produced a large body of work for the Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques.

She has earned many awards for her painting, including the Winsor and Newton ‘Young Artist’s Award’ at the ROI (twice!) and first prize in the professional category of the Willoughby Memorial Trust exhibition.  In May 2012 she won the SAA ‘Artist of the Year’ award and a month later was invited by the BBC to paint the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant from the Millennium Bridge over the Thames.  She painted events as they unfolded en plein air through the wind and rain – a remarkable, if uncomfortable, experience for any artist.

Since then she has exhibited widely the UK and abroad, including with the ROI, the SWA and the RSMA at the Mall Galleries, London.  This year she won The Artist purchase award and her submission was chosen by Ken Howard as his favourite painting in The Artist/Patchings annual selected exhibition in June; and in September was the first prizewinner of the £5,000 Buxton Spa prize for a plein air painting.  Clearly one to watch!