Meet Kathy

Kathy Schumacher is an bicoastal oil painter based in San Diego, California and the Emerald Coast of Florida. She is nationally recognized for her distinctive palette knife style.​ Originally from Wisconsin, Schumacher became an Air Force wife who bounced around the globe. After her two children left for college, she discovered an innate talent and heartfelt passion for oil painting. Her mid-life discovery evolved into a career: she was bound to be a professional artist.

While Schumacher has taken workshops, she is primarily a self-taught artist citing an instinctive flair for painting. Initially, her art career began in traditional oil painting, but eventually she developed her own style using palette knives. Her novel approach is recognizable in any subject she chooses to paint: vibrant colors, energetic strokes, and multidimensional attributes resulting in a dynamic final product.

​Schumacher derives her inspiration from her natural surroundings: coastal landscapes, plants, florals, and even people and animals.

Kathy’s daughter, Krista Schumacher, is a also a renowned palette knife artist in Southern California.  Her palette knife 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. She is the owner and curator of her award-winning gallery in La Jolla, CA, the Krista Schumacher Art gallery.

Kathy’s  original works have been exhibited at several galleries and fine art shows. She has a devoted following and collector base throughout the country. Her paintings can currently be viewed at the Shops of Baldwin Turf in Niceville, FL and the Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach, Florida.  Kathy also gladly accepts commission work.

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“I found Kathy Schumacher’s art to be very invigorating. I took great pleasure viewing her expressive freedom of Impressionism, and was emotionally and markedly affected by the movement and creativity of her horticultural paintings. Great work! Thank you for your contribution to the world of art!”

ROYCE MAC, art collector