Kathie Wheeler was born and raised in the Chicago area, and grew up drawing and painting with her father. She studied drawing and painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and went on to do freelance commercial and portrait work in the Chicago. She then moved to a Wisconsin farm where she and her husband raised their two children. The last 15 years have been spent painting on plein air landscapes alongside her portrait work, taking her paintbox into the Rockies, the wilds of Northern Wisconsin and the South East. Juried and invitational Plein Air Festivals are a big part of her year, as is teaching outdoor painting workshops and classes. Kathie's paintings hang in collections across the country and around the world. She is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, and The American Impressionist Society, and is an associate member of the Portrait Society of America.
“I count myself fortunate to be an artist. My paintings reflect the scenes and people in my daily life and many are begun or painted entirely on location or from life. Painting “en plein air” is filled with both challenges and great pleasure. No day is ever the same. To smell the earth and be surrounded by birdsong is a gift, and when it’s the coldest or wettest of weather I can retreat to the sanctuary of my studio. And so, I join a long history of adventurers who translate the beauty of their surroundings onto canvas with brushes and paint. It gives me great pleasure to share these moments in time with those who live with my paintings in their lives.”