Cole Gerst is an award winning art director, graphic designer, illustrator & painter. His paintings have been shown worldwide in both group and solo shows. His work is highly influenced by his surroundings and have a "man vs. nature" theme. He is influenced by having grown up in the south and visiting outisider and folk artists as a teenager. Speaking on "Naive Modernism", the LA Times wrote "he's probably the Southland's finest exemplar of this fruitful movement".