By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published May 05, 2020 at 3:02 PM

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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.

Malachi Schmidt has a small art business, Art By Malachi, and his work is for sale through Facebook and Instagram. He also sells T-shirts with his images here.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.