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 held 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.
Kate is now based in Devon where much of work has been influenced by the Dartmoor landscape. Recently she has been concentrating on making a new body of work on the subject ‘Diana and Actaeon,’ exhibited in a solo show at the Town Mill Gallery in Lyme Regis last year.
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, GRANITE, had its London premiere with the Granite Band at King’s Place earlier this year.