Krista Schumacher - Local San Diego Artist

Krista Schumacher is a professional oil painter who lives and works in La Jolla, California. Schumacher was awarded Southwest Art Magazine’s “Top 21 Under 31” and was the 2018 Launchpad Artist for Art San Diego.

Schumacher has developed a unique alla prima, palette knife style. A paintbrush gives an artist control, but with a palette knife, she is able to stay loose, merging colors and sculpting wet paint into a dynamic final product. Her paintings take on a multi-dimensional form and are easily recognized for their use of heavy-texture and bold colors to emphasize nature’s spontaneity and beauty in a modern, abstract way.

Schumacher was born in 1991 at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. Growing up as a military brat, Schumacher moved every several years until her family settled along the beautiful Emerald Coast in Niceville, FL. At 16, Schumacher’s mother took a painting class, sparking Schumacher’s creativity. Her mother had an innate, raw talent for painting. Eager to be like her mother, Krista wanted to try painting for herself. To this day, Krista and her mom, Kathy Schumacher, continue to collaborate in their careers, as mother-daughter palette knife artists. In 2019, Ferrari of San Diego hosted their first ever mother-daughter exhibition.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Krista joined Teach For America in San Antonio, TX. She then moved back to Niceville, FL to teach art full-time for the local school district, while continuing to paint on the side. When Krista and her husband, Ben, moved to La Jolla in 2017, Krista decided to focus full-time on painting, releasing her first complete palette knife collection. Public response to her artwork exceeded her dreams. She has had multiple solo exhibitions and has a rapidly growing collector base throughout the world.

Sea to Shining Sea (48”x36”) is a palette knife oil painting by local San Diego artist, Krista Schumacher.

The USO is dedicated to supporting military personnel and their families who make countless sacrifices for our country. My father served in the United States Air Force for thirty years. Understanding firsthand some of the unique challenges military families face, it is an honor to contribute my talents to raise funds for the USO.

In my painting, Sea to Shining Sea, my goal was to create the American flag wavering in the sky over La Jolla Cove. By using a palette knife, I was able to sculpt the oil paint on the canvas, focusing on the texture and movement to provoke the essence of the American spirit. The name of this painting, Sea to Shining Sea, was taken from the song, America the Beautiful and represents the distance traveled, both physically and symbolically, by our military members.

Here is a video of Krista Schumacher creating her oil painting: WATCH HERE (Video Music) “American Girl” by Ballad of Crows.

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