Painting by Kate Lynch

Painting by Kate Lynch


Kate Lynch works in oils, pastels and willow charcoal. She is known for her documentary drawings and paintings of Somersetl farming and traditional rural work. She has published illustrated books on willow growers and basket makers (Willow 2003), shepherds (Sheep - from Lamb to Loom 2009), beekeepers (The Beekeeper and the Bee 2012) and farmers (Farm 2017).

For ‘Farm’ Kate documented farmers milking, cheesemaking, running sheep, herding geese, growing willow, harvesting apples and making cider…she also interviewed the farmers who shared 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 which is still available (see Books page).

Her latest project is ‘Old Crafts in Somerset’ with paintings and drawings of hedgelayers, dry stone wallers, thatchers, blacksmiths, farriers, basketmaker, glass blower, ropemaker,  and others, all working by hand, using ancient  knowledge going back hundreds of years. She is also collecting their stories. The exhibition of this new collection will take place at the Somerset Rural Life Museum in the Autumn of 2021. (Click here to be added to mailing list).

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 and many 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