SECOND PLACE: GINA GENIS 'Queen of constitution Gardens' & KATHY CURTIS CAHILL 'Wild Oak'
L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' SECOND PLACE: GINA GENIS 'Queen of constitution Gardens' & KATHY CURTIS CAHILL 'Wild Oak'
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"Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.
~Last verse from The Trees by Philip Larkin

Gina Genis says, "I currently live in Washington DC where politics is considered as much a sport as baseball. Tensions are high between political parties, racism has accelerated, and there are more causes to support than stars in the sky.

When I need a break, I turn to Mother Nature, who has endured eons of human-induced calamity. Trees stand sentry to remind me of the opportunity to better my footprint on the small space of terrain I inhabit. One step at a time I begin afresh, afresh, afresh."

Gina Genis was educated at Parsons, NY and has exhibited her work in America and
Europe. She believes a well rounded artist experiences the many different attitudes and opinions of people from different cities  so she shakes up her life by moving around. To date, she has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, the small mountain town of Idyllwild, and currently in Washington, DC.
L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' SECOND PLACE: GINA GENIS 'Queen of constitution Gardens' & KATHY CURTIS CAHILL 'Wild Oak'
WILD OAK by Kathy Curtis Cahill
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Kathy Curtis Cahill says, "I grew up in the country in upstate New York, an area known for it’s beautiful scenery and wooded hills.

I was an art major in both Hight School and College and graduated with a degree in Art Education. I moved to Los Angeles after college, and with little success at a teaching job, found my way into the entertainment industry. I have
worked on every form there is, commercials, music videos, low budget features, but finally settled on television, where I spent the last 12 years in the business.

I used my photography skills to create set dressing for work, and amassed a large inventory of images. When I retired, I pursued  photography more seriously, took as many classes as I could, and became passionate about the medium.

I have had several solo shows in the Los Angeles area, each with a different body of work.The past two years I have been compositing my work, being influenced by Maggie Taylor and the ability to composite a story. I have two homes and split my time between Los Angeles and Morro Bay, Ca.

Recently I have been showing my work in the Central Coast which is a very welcoming artistic community. Some of my work is shown in the Artifacts Gallery in Cambria , CA.

Trees have always been a part of my life, having grown up in the wooded country of upstate New York with the ubiquitous tree swing our grandfather made. Climbing trees, building forts, and playing hide and seek were all part of my early experiences. But the woods can be scary too, especially at night, where familiar sights are changed into spooky dark places where danger can be hidden.I love night photography, but since  lighting is an issue,  I learned how to make my own night. I combine my photographs of the full moon with images of trees I have taken to create a somewhat surreal landscape featuring a majestic tree against an impossibly colorful moon. The solid black background isolates these two elements and highlights the beauty of both.I believe my trees exist in a fantasy world, influenced by my love of science fiction, and by my appreciation of graphic art."

Recent events
July-August 2019 Solo Show The Photo Shop San Luis Obispo
August Edition of Salann Magazine featured work (upcoming)
April 2019 Common Threads II juried show Angel City Brewery LA
March 2019 Women’s Works 32nd Anniversary Juried Show in Woodstock Ill.
March- June 2019 Unusual Views Juried Show Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, La Canada
July 2018 at The Photo Shop San Luis Obispo Art After Dark
Sept-Oct  2018 SLOMA Pop Up Gallery San Luis Obispo Juried Show
July 2018  Solo Show The Photo Shop San Luis Obispo
April 2018 Featured artist in Thought Provokers article in VoyageLA!