In between her international tours as a solo violinist, Ruth Waterman would often take courses in drawing, painting, and printing, as well as crafts such as book-binding and felt-making. When her long performing career came to an end, she found herself drawn more and more to painting, and expanded her studies at London’s Citylit and the Slade (summer school). A portrait commission which came her way – and was hesitantly accepted – gave her the impetus to start spending serious time with paint.

Portraits remain an attraction, but her focus during the last few years has shifted to abstracts. She is particularly interested in movement and energy, and in how shapes interact with each other. Perhaps this is not surprising, considering that she is now working within an artform that is physically fixed and static, after devoting herself to music where sounds are in constant flux.

Ruth Waterman has had several exhibitions, including one that featured her photographs and the paintings inspired by them. Her camera normally accompanied her on her tours, capturing both mundane and unexpected sights in unusual ways. She has combined photographs and text in a photographic essay on post-war Bosnia, where she was guest conductor of the Mostar Sinfonietta. [link] Her paintings and photographs are on permanent display at Room2 Chiswick.


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Although Ruth Waterman has been painting, on and off, for years while taking art classes at Citylit and the Slade, it wasn’t until a portrait commission came her way that she let herself spend serious time with paint. Her portraits of Beethoven are hanging in a prominent London music studio, as well as in homes up and down the country.

See also Interpretation: music and painting.

Beethoven Portraits

From the 1812 life mask as sculpted by Hagen

Mr Beethoven (1)
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Mr Beethoven (2)
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Signed museum-standard giclée prints from original oils (unframed) are available in two sizes: A4 (20 x 29 cms) and A3 (29 x 39 cms).

UK customers can purchase prints online using the buttons below. Overseas customers, please contact as postage will need to be added to the cost.

Mr Beethoven (1) – A4 – £75 including UK postage
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Mr Beethoven (1) – A3 – £90 including UK postage
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Mr Beethoven (2) – A4 – £75 including UK postage
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Mr Beethoven (2) – A3 – £90 including UK postage
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Portraits and Miscellaneous

Ruth Waterman writes:

“Every face speaks a multitude.
In a portrait, each line, each colour, each shape uncovers one moment of flickering energy, encompasses an ambiguity, fixes paint to open a question. A portrait seeks the question at its most intense, when it can no longer be avoided.
I am setting out to find the questions.”

Below is a selection of paintings; to view more and to make purchases, please visit R A Waterman Art.

R1 – Oil on paper
29 x 41 cms
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R2 – Acrylic on paper
40 x 56 cms
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R3 – Oil on canvas
28 x 35 cms
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S2 – Oil on paper
59 x 41 cms
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S3 – Oil on canvas
25 x 35 cms
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Seascape – Acrylic on paper
60 x 43 cms
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Orange – Acrylic on paper
42 x 29 cms
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