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Haidee-Jo Summers was raised in Suffolk beside the sea. As a child, she loved to watch her grandfather paint using marine oils. Moving to North Yorkshire, she worked for renowned artist Mackenzie Thorpe at weekends as a teenager before going on to take an art foundation course at York College of Arts and Technology.
After completing a BA Hons degree in illustration at DeMontfort university in Leicester, Haidee-Jo began her teaching career after being invited back to the university to teach life drawing. She was awarded prizes twice at the Royal Institute of Oil painters (ROI) annual exhibition and writes articles for Artists and Illustrator’s magazine and the Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques and in 2013, was selected for the Royal Institute of Marine Artists exhibition.
From 2007 Haidee opened her studio in Lincolnshire for nearly 3 years whilst continuing to teach part time and exhibit in group and solo shows including the ROI and in 2011 spent a year living on the island of Bréhat in France, painting ‘plein air’ and exhibiting in her own gallery on the island.
In 2012 she returned to the UK and hasgone on to win many awards including the SAA’s Artist of the Year 2012, the Patchings/The Artist Pro Arte award 2012 and Patchings/The Artist Royal Talents award 2013 and the Royal Institute of Oil painters painting event award 2012.
Haidee-Jo was selected to paint the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames by the BBC, and was the only non-US artist invited to take part in Florida’s forgotten coast plein air paint out.
Haidee continues to write features regularly for The Artist magazine, to teach masterclass workshops and exhibit with the Royal Institute of Oil painters and Society of Women Artists at the Mall galleries London. In 2016 Haidee-Jo was elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Oil painters and in 2017 an Associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists.