Inspiring Haitian artist

Warehouse District galleries were a-buzz Thursday evening as locals perused art and enjoyed live music for the Art Zone Third Thursday Art Walk.

As the NBC24 crew walked the area we saw tons of great art and heard one extraordinary story.

Abstract, watercolor, glasswork and then this...

"Maybe impressionist landscape with a very native twist to it," said Sur St. Clair Gallery owner Richard Rideout.

Widler Germain's art is as singular as his story.

"To show the world my country Haiti through my paintings," said Germain.

He started exploring art as a child in Haiti with the encouragement of a Christian mission sponsor from Findlay, Ohio.

"She saw my artistic talent and she started sending me some pencil color," said Germain.

Germain's incredible work is no small task.

"I think everybody's heard a little about the conditions in Haiti," said Rideout. "You have to work very hard to get anything."

Widler has been coming to the United States for nine years now, to visit his sponsor and to share his art.

"From where she started with me and where I'm at today... honestly it's something," said Germain.

He has dreams of becoming famous.

But for now he is making people smile, making them think, introducing them to Haiti and passing on the good deed he himself received.

"I invest some of my money to some guys back home. I help about 15 or 16 young guys going to school and education to make a living for tomorrow," said Germain.

Email Widler Germain at to see when and where he'll be showing his art next.