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 is the 2018 Launchpad Artist for Art San Diego.  She has had multiple solo exhibitions and exhibits with Ligne Roset La Jolla. 


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.  Creativity became unbound at the age of 16, when Schumacher's mother took a painting class. Her mother had an innate, raw talent for painting. Eager to be like her mother, Krista wanted to try painting for herself.  From the very moment she took a paintbrush in hand, Schumacher realized art was going to become her world.  


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 two years ago, Krista decided to focus full-time on painting, releasing her first complete palette knife collection in 2018. Schumacher has developed a unique alla prima, palette knife style. 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. 



Lives and works in La Jolla, CA

Hometown: Niceville, FL


University of Florida

M.A. Art Education, 2019

B.A., 2012


  • Art San Diego's Launchpad Artist 2018

  • Jewel Ball Artist, 2018

  • Southwest Art Magazine, "Top 21 Under 31: Young Artists to Collect Now", 2016

  • Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Semi-Finalist, 2017


Mission Federal ArtWalk, San Diego, CA, 2018-19

Art San Diego, 2018

Liberty Station ArtWalk, San Diego, CA, 2018-19

San Diego Festival of the Arts, San Diego, CA, 2018

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, La Jolla, CA, 2017-19

Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts, Destin, FL, 2017

Chastain Park Art Show, Atlanta, GA, 2016

Bluewater Bay Art Show, Niceville, FL, 2015 



Ferrari of San Diego

Ligne Roset, La Jolla, CA

La Playa Gallery, La Jolla, CA

La Jolla Crafted Wines, La Jolla, CA


Ravean Aaron Gallery, La Jolla, CA

La Playa Gallery, La Jolla, CA



CBS, 2018 + 2019

NBC San Diego, 2019

La Jolla Light, 2019

L'Chaim Magazine, 2019

Northwest Florida Daily News, 2017 + 2019

Emerald Coast Magazine, 2017 + 2019

La Jolla Today, 2019

Modern Luxury, 2018

SD Voyager, 2018

Fox 5 News, 2018

KUSI, 2018

La Jolla Lifestyle, 2018

CW San Diego, 2017

La Jolla Village News, 2017

Emerald Coast Magazine, 2017

Southwest Art Magazine, 2016


Foster Gallery, Sandestin, FL, 2016-2017

La Playa Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2019


Art Educator, Okaloosa County School District, 2015-17

Painting Instructor, Paint the Coast, 2015-17

Teach For America, San Antonio, TX, 2013-15

As an artist, I explore the relationships between color, form, and texture by applying large quantities of oil paint with palette knives. My 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.


My work not only reflects the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Southern California, but also embraces the contemporary design and urban diversity of the region. Although I paint each painting in my distinct palette knife style, I vary color in each work to juxtapose the city grays and blacks, desert earth-tones, and iconic ocean landscapes that are unique to the West coast. The collection encapsulates the essence of the San Diego experience: a major metropolitan city interwoven with natural wonders. My paintings shed light on a transitional and transformational period of my journey, and reads as a raw diary of my experiences exploring a new city with a heightened awareness and sensitivity to my surroundings.

ARTIST STATEMENT, Krista Schumacher


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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.