By Justin Gerard
I began this series of paintings in 2009 while working on a zombie-shooter for the Playstation. The project lasted several months and every day that I worked on it, I found myself knee-deep in cyborgs, mutants, zombies, and widespread destruction. And while I enjoy zombie-mayhem as much as the next guy, I reached a breaking point where I had to stop for minute to get some fresh air.
So I took a few days off and painted something that was the most polar opposite from all the carnage and gore I had been experiencing.
The first painting from the series proved to be just the break I needed. It was so calming and soothing and relaxing; it was a therapeutic herbal spa for my soul. It was such a relief for me that I decided to make the series an ongoing yearly tradition.