21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2016 | Krista Schumacher


Krista Schumacher, Old Gold, oil, 18 x 24.

Krista Schumacher, Old Gold, oil, 18 x 24.

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.


Featured in the September 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  September 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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