Krista Schumacher is a professional oil painter and owner of Krista Schumacher Art Gallery in La Jolla, CA. She is a featured artist for the 2021 La Jolla Art + Wine Festival and the 2021 Mission Federal ArtWalk.
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 often until her family settled along the beautiful Emerald Coast in Niceville, FL. At 16, Schumacher’s interest in art began when her mother took a painting class. Eager to be just like her mother, Krista started painting too. 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 debut palette knife collection.
Public response to her artwork exceeded her dreams. Schumacher was awarded Southwest Art Magazine’s “Top 21 Under 31” and was the Launchpad Artist for Art San Diego. She has collaborated with numerous corporations including Paramount Studios and Hilton, held multiple solo exhibitions, and has a rapidly growing collector base throughout the world.