Dusti Bongé’s early work is characterized by a modern style influenced by Cubism. Inspired by the surroundings of her native Biloxi, she would often sketch during her walks collecting rents from the seafood workers who lived along the Back Bay. In 1939, she first exhibited her work in New York City at the Contemporary Arts Gallery. In the 1940s, she began experimenting with Surrealism and created a series of work based upon her “Keyhole” people. Her Surrealist compositions continued to evolve into the early 1950s when she created an accomplished group of paintings based upon the circus that was visiting Biloxi.