About

Hello, I am Roo Waterhouse, an artist based in the wooded valleys of Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

When at home I like to spend as much time as possible either barefoot in the garden, sketching in the woods and up on the moors, swimming in the river or curled up by the fire with a book.

My route to the studio is a winding path through the woods and over the hill – I so enjoy my daily commute, listening to the birds and feeling the weather, soaking up the views from the top of the hill…

In my oil paintings I observe and contemplate the ordinary tools of everyday life, specialising in book shelf paintings. I grew up surrounded by beautiful and intriguing old books. My art training included an HND in Typographic Design, which I found fascinating and I especially enjoy rendering lettering:-)

My art celebrates the importance of our treasured possessions and the personal histories that they hold.

I love to create Bespoke Shelf-Portrait oil paintings. These novel and intriguing Shelf-Portrait paintings show cherished books gathered together on bookshelves. They are little personal poems which celebrate the significance of our treasured libraries. A colourful glimpse into individual lives.

Roo’s paintings are currently on show with:

The Yorkshire Gallery, Halifax;

Nicholas Bowlby Gallery in Sussex (also at the London Affordable Art Fairs);

Frivoli Gallery in Chiswick, London.

Her work is collected and commissioned country-wide.

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