Expressive Palette Knife Paintings Capture the Natural Beauty of California

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Sometimes the lavish beauty of the ocean cannot be captured by photographs alone. La Jolla, CA-based artist Krista Schumacher creates vibrant tactile paintings that embody the full sensory experience of a day at the beach. Her ongoing series traverses the idyllic seascapes of Southern California at different times of the day.

Schumacher has many early considerations for his paintings. “As an artist, I explore the relationships between color, form and texture by applying large amounts of oil paint with palette knives,” she told My Modern Met. Each of her eye-catching canvases is made up of large blocks of hues that come together in harmony. They also challenge conventional two-dimensional artwork. “My paintings take on a multi-dimensional form,” she explains, “and are easily recognizable for their use of heavy textures and bold colors to emphasize the spontaneity and beauty of nature in a modern, abstract way.”

In his use of thick pigments and a palette knife, Schumacher imbues elements of the landscape, such as choppy ocean waves and rocky beaches, with a sense of dynamism. “My work not only reflects the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Southern California,” she says, “but also embraces the region’s contemporary design and urban diversity.”

Originally from Florida, Schumacher devoted herself to painting full time when she moved to La Jolla two years ago. She has since been awarded Southwest Art Magazine’s “Top 21 Under 31” and 2018 Launchpad Artist for Art San Diego. “My paintings highlight a transitional and transformative time in my journey, and they read like a raw journal of my experiences exploring a new city with heightened awareness and sensitivity to my surroundings.”

You can purchase original prints and paintings through Schumacher’s website and keep up to date with her latest creations by liking her Facebook page and following her on Instagram.

La Jolla-based painter Krista Schumacher makes textured palette knife paintings of the California coast.

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