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.


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, 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.



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, 2018-19

Art San Diego, 2018

Liberty Station ArtWalk, 2018-19

San Diego Festival of the Arts, 2018

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, 2017-19

Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts, 2017

Chastain Park Art Show, 2016

Bluewater Bay Art Show, 2015 


Ferrari of San Diego, 2019

Ligne Roset, La Jolla, CA, 2018-present

La Jolla Crafted Wines, La Jolla, CA, 2019-present

La Playa Gallery, La Jolla, CA, 2018 + 2019



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


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.