Kate is now based in Devon where much of work has been influenced by the Dartmoor landscape. Inspired by Gainsborough’s treatment of the subject, she has made works on the story of Diana and Actaeon These were exhibited in a solo show at the Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis in 2018. Since lockdown she has been making pieces from her life, Writing the Song.
Kate Westbrook was born in England and grew up in the U.S.A. and Canada before going to Dartington Hall School in Devon. From there she went to Bath Academy of Art at Corsham and then to Reading University. Later she lived and worked on the East and West coasts of America. The first one-man show of her paintings (Kate Barnard Captive) was at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in California in 1965. She returned to England and took up a part- time teaching post at Leeds College of Art. In 1970 she had her first London Show, with two other artists, at the Serpentine Gallery. She has continued to exhibit her work in solo and group shows in the UK, in Europe and Australia. Her work is in public and private collections.
In 1974 she joined the Mike Westbrook Band and gave up teaching to concentrate on the dual career of painter and musician. She has performed all over Europe and as far afield as the Far East and North America. As a singer/songwriter she is featured on over 30 albums, and she has worked in theatre, radio, and TV. Her most recent piece Earth Felt the Wound had its London premiere with the Granite Band in the 2021 London Jazz Festival.