By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 29, 2020 at 5:02 PM

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Nina Trepanier-Schmidt is a Fond du Lac-based painter who operates a small business, Nina's Palette. Her paintings have been in many shows and galleries around the country.

Trepanier-Schmidt says her work is often described as impressionistic, but she focuses more on the feeling of things and the light and color those things represent – as well as the story behind them.

"I think of my art as stories being written. A written history of life as I live it," says Trepanier-Schmidt. "I paint a lot of landscapes, as I am obsessed with a good horizon line. I also paint still life, and an occasional figure or pet portrait to pay the bills."

Trepanier-Schmidt has many paintings for sale and she also accepts commissions. Check out her work and business here.

Since the stay-at-home orders, like all moms, Trepanier-Schmidt's had to adjust to having her three kids at home 24 / 7. It's not something she minds, just something she's had to acclimate to as an artist. 

"I am a stay-at-home mom, and in the past I would wait until the kids were in school and the house was quiet in order to create. Now, having everyone home has meant I need to adjust," says Trepanier-Schmidt.

Music, she says, helps her greatly in all situations, including her current one which involves a loss of work due to a world pandemic.

"Art is my own world. My own stories. My own place. It is deeply satisfying to bring to life a scene the way my eye sees it, the way my heart feels it."

Nina's Palette is on Facebook and Instagram

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.