John Schumacher was born in Covington, KY, and graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Major in Business and a Minor in Fine Arts. Many of the Civil War era houses in that area included stained glass windows in their architectural design, which he always admired, but could not afford. He decided to build a window himself, and thus began a continuing education, now lasting over 50 years. Moving to Aiken, SC in 1980, John pursued his professional career as a manufacturing manager, and also continued to study the masters of stained glass while refining his skills in lead, zinc and copper foil techniques. His large windows contain hundreds of individual cuts of glass. John's works earned winning ribbons in regional competitions, encouraging him to continue his efforts. After retirement, about 10 years ago, with children and grandchildren living in the Low Country, John and his wife Jane have moved once again, to Mount Pleasant. He has converted his garage into a studio and spends many hours creating traditional and contemporary stained glass pieces.