Kathe Deutsch was born in London. The daughter of artists, her late father Eric Doitch (d.2000) was the well-known émigré painter who arrived in London as a refugee in 1939, having fled the Nazis from his native Vienna. Her mother, Mary Fitzpayne, is the renowned painter of circus themes.
|Her art education began at 14 when she attended art school on Saturdays and whenever possible during school holidays, to study life-drawing and the rudiments of anatomy. She feels that she was '...lucky enough to catch the tail-end of the careers of the academic tutors and benefit from their extraordinary knowledge of how to draw', a skill which has been largely ignored in current art education. She took a degree in Fine Art at Leeds University.
|After living and working in London for some years, she moved with her family to the South Coast, where she lives in a house with a walled garden which overlooks the English Channel. Returning to her original passion and training, she attended Hastings College of Art to study printmaking. Having established her studio she now works from home using a Rochat press.