Seth Chwast has become a local hero, and is now on his way of becoming known throughout the world. He is an autistic adult who has found a way to express himself through art, specifically painting.
Through his paintings you can see the world through his eyes, which is often vastly different than our own. Autism is a frustrating condition that causes a schism between human relationships, even as basic as the relationship of a parent and a child.
I met Seth Chwast, and later his mother Debra, because I own an art gallery, and one of his art teachers was participating in the gallery for a time. For several months, we showed Seth's work in the gallery, in 2006. Seth's work has developed quite a bit since then, and he has found his voice through artwork. Seth cannot communicate like most people do through regular conversation. He does speak and interact with people, but not in the ways we come to expect. Autism affects every day life in a significant way, but Seth and Debra have found many ways to work around it.