“I was born at Great Yarmouth and spent my early years living by the sea in Suffolk before moving to North Yorkshire at the age of nine. I was a shy child who engaged with pebbles, trees, animals and clouds rather than people and loved to draw.
I was told stories of great storms, the graveyard on the edge of the cliffs collapsing into the sea and of my great grandad Joseph who was a fisherman lost at sea. I took special stones from the beach and called them my guinea pigs and looked after them in the backyard. My Grandad painted boats at his easel in the tiny back porch, and I loved the smell of the oil paints.
Through my adult life I’ve never lost that connection to the sea or drawing, and in recent years I was elected a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists. I think my Grandad would have been very proud.”
Haidee-Jo lives and works in Lincolnshire.