The Memory Project

A couple of months ago, I signed up with The Memory Project, to create a portrait.  The Memory Project is a wonderful organization that connects art students/artists with children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned or disadvantaged.  The artists then create portraits of these children, which are then delivered to them.

I received my package and information and had the extreme honor of getting to create a portrait for this little boy you see here.  His name is Sanskar.

E-591 Sanskar

The minute I saw his face I knew that I wanted to create something special for him and that he’d be a shining little sun.  Working with my art teacher, the great Laura Baran, I was able to create his portrait and get it to the Memory Project in time for the flight to Nepal.

I’m thrilled that the portraits have been delivered and I’d like to share a video by the Memory Project of their travel to Nepal and the delivery of the portraits.  Hopefully soon I will be receiving a photo of Sanskar with his portrait and I’ll share that as well.

Nepal 2014 from Ben Schumaker on Vimeo.

If you’re an artist and would like to get involved or if you’d just like to make a donation to this incredible organization, please visit their website: MEMORYPROJECT.ORG

Interviewed by Edie Weinstein!


I was recently interviewed by the wonderful Edie Weinstein for The Bliss Blog over at  It was a great experience because Edie, being the journalist that she is, asked some really interesting questions that made me think of my work in a different way.

You can read the article here: Whirling Magic

And make sure to leave a comment on the article page since I will be choosing one person at random to win a signed LIFE AFFIRMING BUTTERFLY print!!  Winner will be chosen next week!