In these uncertain times….

In these uncertain times, with Affordable Art Fairs cancelled, galleries and bookshops closed, I am thrilled and relieved to have made a painting sale 🙂

My latest Shelf-Portrait oil painting, ‘The Sisters Bronte’, depicting editions of the seven Bronte novels from the collection in the library at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, will be off to it’s new home in due course….. Yay!

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Two new Shelf Portrait paintings varnished and ready to go to the framers 🙂

They will be on show with Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art

at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2020 on March 12th-15th

Belated New Year Greetings!

Just about got this newsletter out before the end of January!!

‘Sarah’s Room’ ©RooWaterhouseArt2019 12×16″ oil on canvas

2019 was a very busy year for Roo Waterhouse Art, with bespoke Shelf-Portrait paintings for clients in London, Derby, and around Yorkshire, including a couple of extra special ones commissioned through publishers at Penguin Random House (but I can’t yet tell you who for!). For more information about Bespoke Shelf Portrait take a look here. Great Shelf Portrait painting sales at the Affordable Art Fairs in Battersea and Hampstead last spring and summer, many thanks to Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art, also at Frivoli Gallery, Chiswick and The Yorkshire Gallery, Halifax. Very pleased to have some large scale ‘Belongings’ painting sales too, including one to the USA. 

Nicholas Bowlby will once again be representing my work in 2020 at the Affordable Art Fairs in Battersea (12-15th March) and Hampstead (30th April-3rd May). 

Sneek peek of new work here!

I spent a fabulous long weekend up in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway last October attending the Wigtown Book Festival, running a stall selling Shelf Portrait merchandise and promoting my work. A very successful and enjoyable weekend with plenty of book chat – I’ll be back next year! 

I have been busy building up the number of Independent book shop outlets for retailing my Shelf Portrait greeting cards, which are now stocked all over the UK and are proving very popular, especially the new environmentally friendly unwrapped cards 🙂

The RooWaterhouseArt Etsy shop is continuing to grow, where you can find Limited Edition Fine Art Prints, A4 prints, greetings cards and (newly added) notebooks.

New notebooks ‘Little Women’, ‘The Wonder of Birds’ and ‘The Odyssey’ available in my Etsy shop

In September 2020 I will be holding a solo exhibition at Northlight Art Gallery in Hebden Bridge where I will be showing new Shelf Portraits, new large scale ‘Belongings’ paintings and hopefully some small landscape experiments that I’m rather excited about… 

In the meantime look out for my cards in your local Independent bookshops, and I hope to pop up in some more Literature Festivals around the country this year…

Onwards and Upwards!…… Best Wishes, Roo

New work racing to the finish line for Affordable Art Fair Battersea

‘Shackleton’s Hut’ ©RooWaterhouseArt oil on canvas 16×16″

This new Shelf-Portrait ‘Shackleton’s Hut’ was inspired by a shelf of battered Penguin books I came across in the reconstructed Antarctic explorers’ hut in the penguiin enclosure at London Zoo!! I’m very happy to say that it is finished and ready for showing at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this March, with Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art.

Racing to the finish line is a Shelf Portrait for the keen gardener ‘Saturday in my Garden’. I’m enjoying painting in some classic William Morris wallpaper in the background 🙂

‘Saturday in my Garden’ ©RooWaterhouseArt – work in progress…

Another one on its way is ‘Whizzer and Chips’…….

‘Whizzer and Chips’ ©RooWaterhouseArt – work in progress….

This month’s Best Seller :-)


‘Wainwright’s Walks’ Limited Edition Giclee Print 10×12″

Happy Customer!!


‘Daily Greatness’

A very happy looking Kerri, on being presented with ‘Daily Greatness’, her surprise birthday present! Her best friend Sara commissioned this bespoke Shelf-Portrait oil painting of the most significant books describing their friendship – including a favourite mix-tape and the lip-balm which she is never without…

Lovely to be able to make people smile 🙂