Painting by Kate Lynch

Painting by Kate Lynch


Kate Lynch works in oils, pastels and willow charcoal. She has become known for her documentary drawings and paintings of traditional rural trades and crafts. She has published books on willow growers and basket makers on the Somerset Levels (Willow 2003), shepherds and other people working with wool (Sheep - from Lamb to Loom 2009) and Somerset beekeepers (The Beekeeper and the Bee 2012).

Her exhibition ‘Farm’ is currently showing at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury. There are 40 paintings and drawings made on 19 farms on the Somerset Levels - dairy farms, cheesemakers, mixed farms, willow growers, farms growing thatching wheat, apple growers, cider makers and more... Kate has also interviewed the farmers who tell their family stories and the colourful history of their farm. Many of the farmers remember hand-milking and working horses. This historic collection of images and sound recordings can be seen at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury from June 3rd – December 3rd 2017. A hard-back book containing all the paintings and extracts from the interviews is available (see Exhibitions page and Books page).

Kate has received awards for her work from the Arts Council, Somerset County Council, Wessex Water, Black Swan Arts, Somerset Levels and Moors Action for Rural Communities, Lark Trust, Elmgrant Trust and other bodies. Her paintings are in several public collections.

Kate is married to painter James Lynch and they live on the Somerset Levels. Their daughter, Alice Mary Lynch is a designer and doll maker.

“Kate’s paintings are not realistic in a photographic sense but are deeply expressive and atmospheric.”

Fanny Charles