Kate has a BA Hons degree in the History of Art , Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and Art Teacher’s Diploma, and a Diploma in Post-Graduate Fine Art Studies.  She lives with her husband, painter James Lynch, on the Somerset Levels.

“I paint farmers at work in Wessex, mostly Somerset, also recording conversations with them.  I’m interested in the history on our doorstep, the changes people have witnessed in living memory, rural traditions, the timelessness of some rural work, recording it in sketches, paintings and large drawings, and collecting stories.

I love working in charcoal, made from willow grown on the Somerset Levels, and produced by farmers who have been growing willow for basket makers for generations, but who now also turn it into velvety charcoal for artists”.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017                            Farm – Paintings, drawings and Somerset Voices, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury
2012                            The Beekeeper and the Bee exhibition (toured Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon)
2009                            Sheep – from Lamb to Loom exhibition (toured Somerset, Gloucestershire, Yorkshire, Exmoor)
2004                            Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset
2004                            East Lambrook Manor, Somerset
2003                            Willow – Paintings, drawings and voices (toured Somerset, Norfolk, Lancashire, Devon)
1998, 2000                  Alpha House Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset
1993, 96, 98                Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath

 

MIXED EXHIBITIONS

Royal Academy, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome; Sadler Street Gallery; Wells; Courcoux & Courcoux, Stockbridge.

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Farm – Paintings, drawings and Somerset voices”, pub Furlong Fields Publishing 2017
“The Beekeeper and the Bee”, pub Furlong Fields Publishing 2012
“Sheep – from Lamb to Loom”, pub. Furlong Fields Publishing 2009
“Willow – Paintings and Drawings with Somerset Voices”, pub. Furlong Fields Publishing 2003

 

AWARDS

2008    Wessex Watermark Award for Sheep project

  • Wessex Watermark Award for Willow Project
  • South West Arts Award for Willow Project
  • 1st prizewinner, Royal Bath and West Open
  • Elected as an Academician Royal West of England Academy (resigned 2002)

1993    Prizewinner, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield

  • 1st prizewinner, Black Swan Open

 

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCIES AND OTHER PROJECTS

Kate has been working as a professional artist since the late 1980’s. She has mixed her own artistic practice with working on educational and community art projects in the West Country. Some of these are on public display: parish map (North Cadbury Village Hall); Barrington Court Garden paintings with primary school children; Tree of Life (Frome Hospital foyer); Peat Triptych (Peat Moors Visitor Centre, Shapwick; community textile projects (Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary and Verrington Hospital, Wincanton), town map (Warminster Library); cidermaking mural for Jersey Heritage Trust (Jersey).