About Roo S Waterhouse

Roo S Waterhouse is a figurative artist based at Northlight Art Studios in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Roo likes to observe and contemplate the (extra)ordinary things of everyday life, celebrating the significance of our treasured possessions with original oil paintings. Roo specialises in ‘Shelf-Portrait’ book painting commissions.

‘Memoriam’ ©rsw2017

Her paintings are currently on show at Nicholas Bowlby Gallery in Sussex, and Frivoli Gallery in Chiswick, London. Her work is collected and commissioned country-wide.

My life and art are strongly influenced by the attachment that develops between us and the ordinary tools of domestic life which we accumulate in our homes; each resonate with their own story and together form a narrative, an echo of personal and family identity. I paint ‘portraits’ of these cherished belongings which play such an essential role in our everyday lives: hairpins on a dressing table; a drawer full of stationary; a row of books on a shelf….’’
Roo specialises in ‘Shelf-Portrait’ commissioned oil paintings of treasured books: see the ‘Shelf-Portrait’ tab above for details. Roo’s ‘Shelf-Portrait’ paintings are a colourful glimpse into individual lives – little personal poems, celebrating the significance of our treasured books.


‘How to Build a Girl’ ©rsw2017 oil on canvas 12×24″


Commissioning a Roo Waterhouse ‘Shelf-Portrait’ oil painting makes a truly original gift. See the tab above for information on how to commission your own personal ‘Shelf-Portrait’

Below are some examples of her recent paintings, please explore the menu above to find out more about Roo and her work and find her artist’s blog at the ‘Home’ tab.

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