Kathie Wheeler views the world through the eyes of an artist. Her desire to create was nurtured early on. Kathie was born in 1962 and was raised in the Chicago area. As a young child, she was drawn to the spirit of the French Barbazon, Hudson River School of Artists and the American Impressionists who took to the fields and woods with their sketchbooks and paints to record the beauty of their surroundings. As a young woman, she studied at the American Academy of Art, where she won the prestigious Union Art League Scholarship Competition, then worked as a freelance commercial artist and portrait artist. She has also studied under artists Romel de laTorre, Clayton Beck and Brian Stuart.
Kathie creates remarkable landscapes and portraits and works primarily with a rich oilpalette, but also enjoys dabbling in pastel, and watercolor. She paints plein air throughout the year, as well as working in the studio. She is Signature member of the Oil Painters of America, as well as a member of the American Impressionist Society, the American Women Artists and the Palette and Chisel in Chicago.
Kathie and her husband remain on the small farm in southwest Wisconsin where they raised their two children, and watch excitedly as they launch off on lives of their own. Her paintings reflect the experience of her life in the valley in the way that only someone who has lived and worked the land here can. “I try to put the feeling or emotion I see in a place or person on the canvas. My hope is that the viewer can take some of that away with them.”