Painting by Kate Lynch

Painting by Kate Lynch

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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).

For her most recent project ‘Farm’ Kate made 40 paintings and drawings of farmers with their cows, cheesemaking, running mixed farms, running sheep, herding geese, growing willow and thatching wheat, harvesting apples and making cider…she also interviewed the farmers who shared their family stories and the colourful history of their farm, going back to hand-milking and working horses. This historic collection of images and interviews is contained in a hard-back book available through this website and from many local bookshops and other outlets (see Books page).

Kate exhibits her paintings and charcoal drawings in the West Country (see News and Exhibitions). She 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