Born in Germany, Paul Richard Schumann moved to Galveston, Texas around 1882. He received early encouragement in art while in school in Galveston. Later he began his studies of art from Galveston artist and marine painter Julius Stockfleth (1857-1935).
Schumann is known as an interpreter of the true Texas Gulf Coast. Painting in oils, watercolors and crayon. His subjects are mostly of Galvestonians on their fishing boats and sailing vessels in nearby bays and docks and colorful figures along the beach and occasionally landscapes of the Texas Hill Country. One well-known landscape painting is of Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, Texas. He later painted mostly in palette knife in the impressionist style.
Awards include: First & second prizes on marines at both the Texas Cotton Palace , Waco and West Texas Fair in San Angelo. He won the “Texas Fine Arts Prize” at the Southern States Art League for the best Texas subject, titled “Mosquito Fleet”. Life membership prize at the Springfield, Illinois Art Association exhibit and purchase prize at Victoria, Texas competition for a landscape. He also won prizes with his paintings titled “Drying Sails” & “Silver Sprays.”
Schumann was a member of the Southern States Art League; Galveston Art League; Texas Fine Arts Association; New Orleans Art Association & the Springfield, Ill. Art Association.