Bespoke Painting Commissions

Celebrate a lifetime of books with a
Bespoke Shelf Portrait oil painting by Roo Waterhouse

A truly original gift…

"A bookshelf is a physical representation of many aspects of a person's life. Cookery books, travel guides, trashy novels and Shakespeare can all give an insight into one’s passions, personality, aspirations and dreams. Books hold memories of places visited, people met, meals cooked, languages learned and problems overcome.

Having a personalised, commissioned Shelf-Portrait is like having a portrait done of yourself, portraying your personality through the books you read. Which books would you choose? The possibilities are endless..."

Emily Stubbs

My Shelf Portrait oil paintings take between 3 and 6 months to complete, depending on several factors like size, how many I'm working on, and how long the paint takes to dry!

To start the process off, I like to pay a visit (logistics depending!) to discuss the book selection and arrangement, decide on the composition and give a quote. I will then take photographs to work from.

Alternatively I can work from photos you have taken yourself, but that is not nearly so fun!

Each commission is individually priced, with prices starting from around £1,400.

If you would like to discuss a bespoke Shelf Portrait painting commission please fill in the enquiry form below and I will be in touch.

  • Thank you so much for this lovely picture, it was the perfect way to mark 24 years of a happy publishing partnership.

    Kate Atkinson loved it - and so did my colleagues!

  • What a magnificent and generous gift.

    Bill Bryson
  • Public accomplishments and hidden secrets. Old Friends and loves lost. Simple jokes and profound truths. This bookshelf encapsulates half a century of the inside of my head. More intimate and more telling than any facial portrait could ever be.

    As trompe l'oeil, only the larger than life scale gives the game away. Roo’s talent is to both abstract and reproduce the worn history of these much loved books. Working with Roo was a delight, her care and artistic judgement shining through at every step.

  • I am absolutely thrilled with it - I love it, love it, love it! From first seeing the magazine article about your work and loving the concept (and books), I knew I had to have my own. I will have many happy hours looking at it and admiring your skill. I have a big smile on my face!Mary
  • Thank you for the wonderful execution of my Shelf Portrait. I am truly delighted!Graz
  • Roo, I want you to know how delighted I am with my shelf portrait. It's even better than I had hoped! It really is a portrait of my life, from books reminding me of my grandfather, parents, friends, school and university days, my working life and my children. Thank you so much!Carol

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