Haidee-Jo Summers artist - English plein air and studio painter

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. 

Fisherman's shelter, Portscatho
Fisherman's shelter, Portscatho

Fisherman's shelter exhibition in Portscatho, Cornwall

August 25th to 27th 2015

I would be delighted if you could join me for a drink to open my new pop-up exhibition on Tuesday 25th August from 6.30 - 8.00 pm at the Fisherman's shelter in beautiful Portscatho village on the Roseland peninsula. 

I will be painting at the shelter from 11.00am to 4.00pm on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August and would love to see you there.

If you can't make it over to Cornwall to see us you can now view the whole exhibition via the Harbour Gallery website.

Picnic at Pendower beach
Picnic at Pendower beach

Winner of the Buxton Spa prize 2014

'Walking through buttercups, Harpur hill'

Oils 26" x 28"



I am delighted to announce that I am the first prize winner of the £5000 Buxton Spa prize 2014, the inaugural plein air painting competition held in this beautiful and vibrant Derbyshire town. The prizes were announced at the exhibition preview and prizegiving evening on Thursday 11th September.

The judging panel consists of the eminent artists Harold Riley and Ken Howard OBE RA, Viscountess Cobham the Chairman of VisitEngland and the Art Fund Prize, Ros Westwood the Derbyshire Museums Manager, Anne-Lise Fraser the Programme Cordinator at Leek School of Art and Louise Potter local businesswoman and Manager of the Literary Festival a long standing supporter of cultural initiatives in Buxton and Trevor Osborne who is leading the project to restore Buxton Crescent and an active supporter of the arts.




Sails up in harbour,  The Artist Purchase Award
Sails up in harbour, The Artist Purchase Award

Winner of The Artist purchase award 2014

Winner of Paint Out Norwich 2014

Original oil paintings 

"To love a painting is to feel that this presence is... not an object but a voice." Andre Malraux

For information about purchasing a painting and to see what's currently available in the studio please see the Available paintings page. For links to the wonderful UK galleries who stock my work, workshop organisers and recommended materials and products take a look at the Links page here.

My demo in the Festival marquee at Patchings festival June 2014
My demo in the Festival marquee at Patchings festival June 2014

Coming up in 2015

2015 is well underway now and I've got an exciting year ahead with trips planned to France, Cornwall, Staithes, Guernsey, Venice and California. 

I will also be teaching plein air painting in beautiful Umbria, Italy with Arte Umbria

I'm busy writing my book called 'Vibrant Oils' in association with Search Press, an instructional and inspirational book on oil painting which will be published in 2016.

I'm also very much looking forward to filming a DVD in Cornwall this summer with APV films.

I shall keep you fully informed about both projects via my newsletter so please do sign up to receive updates.

My next major solo exhibition will be taking place in November at 71 Friar Lane, Nottingham, and then in February 2016 at the Russell Gallery, Putney.

For details of forthcoming events please see the exhibitions, workshops and forthcoming events pages.


Early summer at Porthcurnick beach
Early summer at Porthcurnick beach

New book! Paintings of colour and light volume 2

Paintings of light and colour Volume 2
Paintings of l...
2013 - 2014 paintings
By Haidee-Jo Summers
Photo book

The colour of light - new exhibition and portraits

My solo exhibition in Nottingham in January was a huge success with over 700 visitors and 30 paintings sold. Thank you to everyone who managed to come over and support me and huge thanks to all of you who collect my paintings and enable me to keep on doing what I love to do!

I painted an oil portrait from life each day during ten days of the exhibition which was very enjoyable for all - thank you to all my sitters!


Painting Andrew
Painting Andrew
Painting Ant
Painting Ant
Nine of the daily portraits
Nine of the daily portraits

2015 workshop schedule

Please see the workshops page for details of my 2015 workshop and demo schedule 





Newest paintings! See them here first...

See my latest paintings!
See my latest paintings!

You can always see my newest paintings on my painting blog, www.haideejo.blogspot.com

When you are there, add your email address into the box which says 'enter your email address here for my paintings in your inbox' and you will then be sent a verification email. Click on the link in that verification email and then you will receive each new blog post into your email inbox. That means four or five of my brand new, colourful paintings direct to you every week! It is also the place to get the first peek at paintings which are auctioned online, and to hear all kinds of news and painting tips. What could be nicer? Well you could get yourself a cup of coffee and a piece of cake before you draw up a chair...