When Turgo Bastien created his first painting, it wasn’t with a brush or acrylic paint. The artist, then 8, turned a chicken feather into a brush, soaked it in house paint and used an old shirt as the canvas.
It was a neighbor who encouraged him to pursue art for a living.
“She looked at my work and said, “Turgo, you’re an artist, you can sell this.” I was really surprised because I didn’t know I could do that,” said Bastien, now 47. “In Haiti, you have to work hard to find a job and make money.”
Bastien, who followed his neighbor’s advice, has made a living through art ever since, Recently, he was commissioned to paint a building in Little Haiti.