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Meet Krista Schumacher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Schumacher.

Krista, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was 16 years old, my mom was encouraged to take an art class by one of her close friends. The first day of class, the instructor was shocked by the natural, innate artistic ability of my mom. I was so inspired to see my mom find her passion for art that I was eager to try oil painting for myself. Well, the apple did not fall far from the tree, and just like my mother, I also discovered a hidden passion for painting.

Now, I’m 27 years old. In the past decade, I attend the University of Florida, was a corp member in Teach For America, taught art full-time, and decided to go back to graduate school for a Masters in Art Education. During all of these adventures, I continued to build and develop my art portfolio and business on the side.

One year ago, my husband and I moved to San Diego, and I knew this was my time to take the leap and become a full-time studio artist. I stopped teaching and poured all my energy into painting and establishing an art business here in San Diego. This past year has been a wild ride, and thankfully, has turned out to be an incredibly successful year. I was named as the 2018 Launchpad Artist for Art San Diego and have gained numerous collectors locally and internationally.

Most recently, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Ligne Roset La Jolla. It is amazing what you can accomplish in one year when you dedicate yourself fully to your work.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it has not been a smooth road. As an artist, and this is probably true for most creatives, it sometimes feels like you are on a rollercoaster ride. Most people do not realize how hard artists work. You are not only painting, but you are also running a small business.

You pour your heart and soul into your work, and sometimes, people are not going to like it. It is hard not to take it personally, but, you have to learn to shake it off. There have been many points during my journey when I have been close to giving up. I have doubted myself along the way questioning why I am dedicating myself to a career that seems nearly impossible. Then, I stop, reflect, and wake up the next morning and work even harder.

The persistence has paid off, and now I am at the stage in my career where I have accepted there will be ups and downs, but it is vital to look at the big picture. Is my career moving forward? Yes. Will it be a smooth road? Absolutely not.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
As an artist, I specialize in palette knife oil painting. I sell original paintings and do a lot of custom commission work for clients and commercial properties. My abstract oil paintings 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.

When people see my work in person, they always comment on the vivid colors, texture, and movement. My work connects with viewers. It hits a chord inside. When someone decides to begin collecting my work, it makes me proud. Not only are they captivated by the beauty of the art, but they also believe in me as an artist.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Growing up in Florida, all my favorite childhood memories have to do with the water: the Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Bayou, and boating to Crab Island. Even though my dad was in the Air Force, and we moved around a lot, I consider Niceville, Florida my hometown.

As a child, we enjoyed countless days under the sun on the water. Those precious memories are my favorite. Even today, when you look at my work, you can sense my connection with the ocean, water, and waves. The saltwater is in my veins, it is part of me.

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Ben Campbell

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