Shelf Portraits have a trip out to Battersea Park AAF

Six of my Shelf Portraits were on display at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring last weekend with the Nicholas Bowlby Gallery, and were much admired 🙂


Little Library earning it's keep in a Derby independant cinema

photoMy Little Library earning it’s keep promoting the Derby Book Festival

I had such fun painting it 🙂

Back to the Drawing Board! Brilliant!

025Digging my old drawing board from my LCP days out of the attic has transformed my working life! My shoulders are now full of the joys of spring, instead of being full of aches and pains!

A most successful weekend at Parallax Art Fair!!

What a busy weekend! The private view on Friday evening was a whirlwind – with much support from my wonderful family and friends. Then on Saturday and Sunday, down to business: lots of networking and sharing experiences with other artists; much enthusiasm for my work from visitors; definite interest from London galleries; a couple of commissions and several sales!!

I really couldn’t have asked for more….

I stayed on in London an extra day to explore galleries and scour second-hand bookshops for lots of inspiration for new paintings.

Exghausted now, but back to the studio tomorrow. I can’t wait to get going on lots of new work!!



SHELF-PORTRAITS (grown-up shelfies!)

My bookshelf paintings formally known as ‘Shelfies’

have had a re-branding ready for and will henceforth wish be known as…


this has a more professional air, and relates directly to the idea of traditional oil painting,

whereas ‘Shelfie’ automatically brings snapshot photography to mind….

And here’s the latest….


‘Unwritten Book 3’ rsw2015 oil on canvas 10″x20″ £325

''I think having a personalised, commissioned Shelfie is like having a portrait done of yourself (the original Selfie), portraying your personality through the books you read.'' – Some thoughts on shelf portraits from Emily Stubbs @ Holmfirth Art Martket…

”Bookshelves are a pretty universal thing. Almost everyone will have a bookshelf or surface to stack or store their books on. I find other peoples book shelves fascinating. As an avid reader myself, along with having worked as a librarian in a past life, I find bookshelves – or the books on them – are a secret window into that persons life.
Your bookshelves can say a lot about the person you are – they are a selection of stories, information and words that you have allowed into your life – they fill your head and your heart.


A bookshelf is a physical representation of many aspects of a persons life. Cookery books, travel guides, self help books, DIY guides, trashy novels and Shakespeare can all give an insight into your passions, personality, aspirations and dreams. Books hold memories of the places you have visited and the people you have met. They tell the story of holidays taken, family meals cooked, languages learned and problems overcome. They can be funny, romantic, thrilling, scary, autobiographical, technical, historical, geographical……
Roo Waterhouse’s commissioned paintings are a colourful glimpse into the lives of others. I get the same feeling in the winter when I walk down the street with everyone’s Christmas tree’s on show in their windows!

Then there is the whole other topic of order and display! How are your books organised on your shelf? Are they in alphabetical order? Grouped into categories? Size order? Colour spectrum? Soft back and hard back?
Or are you like Rob and his records in High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, compulsively re-ordering your books into lists of ‘Top 5 Romances’ or ‘Top 5 Breakup Novels’
The possibilities are endless….

I think having a personalised, commissioned Shelfie is like having a portrait done of yourself (the original Selfie), portraying your personality through the books you read.”

“Which books would you choose?”

Emily Stubbs @ Holmfirth Art Market

a busy day at the studio….

Trecked through the snow for a great and productive day at the studio working on some new paintings to take to London in February….


‘The Unwritten Book – part 1’ in progress….


an experiment in abstraction…..



…and the beginnings of ‘The Unwritten Book – Part 2’

New paintings numbers 7 and 8…


‘Parade’ RSW 2014 oil on canvas 10″x12″ £195



‘Orange Line-up’ RSW2014 oil on canvas 6″x16″ £195

All packed up and (nearly) ready to go for

The Art Market at Holmfirth Indoor Market, West Yorkshire

Sunday 22nd June 10am – 4pm

The Art Market is now renowned as an exciting, must-attend event for locals and visitors alike, providing an entertaining, family-friendly celebration of some of the best and most eclectic art the UK has to offer.

See you there!!