I grew up on a small family farm outside of Viroqua, WI. Most of my childhood was spent outdoors, climbing trees and working on the farm. Nature is where I find a lot of my inspiration, and I still enjoy spending as much time outside as possible. I incorporate everyday inspirations into my pottery by using carving, slip trailing and hand building techniques. I was raised completely surrounded by art. My mother, Kathie Wheeler, made sure I always had pencils and paper, a paint brush, or clay in my hands. It is because of this that I chose to follow my heart and work as an artist.
My first experience with pottery was for a 4th grade history class project. We had to research a historically significant part of WI history and do a presentation on it. I chose Native American pottery. I researched the pots from local museums, dug my own clay from the ground, and hand built pots. I decorated them with historical influence, and wrote a paper on the pottery. I still have those pots, and have been hooked on clay ever since!