The coronavirus pandemic has changed our everyday life, but it doesn't need to change who we are. So, in addition to our ongoing coverage of the coronavirus, OnMilwaukee will continue to report on cool, fun, inspiring and strange stories from our city and beyond. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay informed and stay joyful. We're all in this together. #InThisTogetherMKE
Malachi Schmidt is an 18-year-old savant artist who lives in Fond du Lac with family, including his mom, recently-profiled artist, Nina Trepanier-Schmidt.
Schmidt's one-of-a-kind style of drawing and painting is abstract and yet captures the essence of his subjects, which range from commissioned pet portraits to influential people in history.
His experience growing up with autism gives him a unique perspective and voice that comes through his art in an unmistakable style. "I am inspired by comic book art and animated films like 'Into the Spiderverse' and other artist's work, like Van Gogh (above) and Picasso,'" says Schmidt.
"Bernie Sanders" by Malachi Schmidt.
Schmidt has participated in art walks, farmers markets and displays his work at Riverwalk Art Center as well as Gallery and Frame Shop where he is employed.
Schmidt has sold his work all over the country, and particularly enjoys doing commissions for custom portraits of people and pets.
"I use drawing as a way to connect with people, and create my own world. Everything is shape, everything is color," says Schmidt.
Bob Ross by Malachi Schmidt.
The Joker by Malachi Schmidt.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.