KATE LYNCH lives on the Somerset Levels. Her drawings and paintings of rural life document willow-growers, basket-makers, peat-diggers, bee-keepers and shepherds. She is an elected member of The Royal West of England Academy.
She works in oils, pastels and willow charcoal. She has become known for her documentary drawings and paintings of traditional rural trades and crafts. Her early journeys were with willow growers and basket makers on the Somerset Levels (Willow 2003) and shepherds and other people working with wool (Sheep – from Lamb to Loom 2009). Her most recent project was The Beekeeper and the Bee (2012-13) and she is currently working on a new collection. She also gives talks and runs courses and projects.
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:Wessex Collection, Longleat; Talboys Collection, Royal West of England Academy; Somerset County Museum’s Collection; St. George’s Hospital, London.
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.