"Let us introduce you to the next generation of talented artists—all of them under the age of 31. We polled art schools, galleries, and instructors to find some of the most promising young painters in the country. This year’s artists hail from across the West and across the country. Their work ranges from compelling figurative pieces to fresh takes on the landscape, as well as exquisite still lifes, urban scenes, and more. They are an inspired and dedicated group who work hard and dream big. Enjoy the fruits of their labors." -Southwest Art Magazine

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Art Education: I studied under my mother, artist Kathleen Schumacher. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History.

Style: Contemporary impressionism.

Creative Spark: I’m inspired by spontaneity, relationships, and the highs of the human experience.

Second-Choice Career: Talk-show host. If I couldn’t make art, at least let me talk about it.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I am an Air Force brat. I have moved 12 times and have been to 25 countries.

Best Advice Received: My mom always told me to paint like you own the paint factory. She encouraged me to be fearless. The more paint, the better.

Biggest Fear: Snakes. 

Pet Peeve: Intolerance, ignorance, and waiting for oil paint to dry.

Quirkiest Trait: I love cats. My cat, Lucy, and I even have our own art education channel on YouTube called Lucy Loves Art.

Mantra or Motto: From writer Émile Zola, “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

Favorite Studio Music: I listen to Hipster Cocktail Party on Pandora or Barefoot Beach Chill on Google Music.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Although I admire many artists, my mother is my favorite. She is known for her palette-knife work. She brings to life my childhood memories of growing up in Florida through her waterscapes, wildlife, and floral subjects.

Future Goals: To sell an art piece to Mark Zuckerberg.

Price Range: $500 to $3,500.

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Krista Schumacher is an oil painter currently based in La Jolla, CA. Schumacher was awarded top 21 artists under the age of 31 by Southwest Art Magazine.