This is a multi-layered composite. I used Portrait Professional to fine-tune skin color and then did everything else with CS4. I used four of my own textures, used the beautiful model from hypoxia stock@ DeviantArt and added a mask and handwriting for a touch of intrigue.

FEATURED in Dimensions ~ with special thanks and a big hug for Sharon Mau.

FEATURED in Art By Bubble Hosts ~ with sincere thanks to the admins!


The trailer from the movie GENOVA

Inspired by poetry:

The Reading Club
by Patricia Goedicke

And each community has its tart, its magical false Helen
Or at least someone who looks like her, in all the makeup she can muster,
The gorgeous mask of whatever quick-witted lie will keep her alive
At least a little longer, on the crest of the bloody wave,

That dolorous mountain of wooden ships and water
In whose memory the women bring us this huge gift horse,
This raging animal of a play no one dares to look in the eye
For fear of what’s hidden there.


beautiful woman, genoa, gorgeous face, mask, portrait, postmark, romantic


  • Jack Grace
    Jack Graceabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful lady this masked Genova, nice work Jerri.

  • Many thanks for your visit and comment. I certainly envy where you live…spent many a day there. Ahhhhh!

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloabout 5 years ago

    Really beautiful work :-)

  • Good morning, Angie!! Thanks very much for the feedback…greatly appreciated!! XO

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful portrait and beautiful work in the layerings, It’s Just Beautiful…

  • Thanks you, Shelly!!! I’m a layers junkie…and there are times I layer something to death. :~}

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Very lovely image Jerri! Splendid and elegant work.

  • Thank you, Bunny!! I do need to start working with photos that aren’t portraits, but I’m slightly addicted! XO

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Tron
    Tronabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful work Jerri…!

  • Thanks to you, Mark! Hugs!!

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Julian Escardo
    Julian Escardoabout 5 years ago

    You have to teach me the CS experience one day..I love your processing and the tones you achieved – Just gorgeous, very graphic – nice work J!

  • When you can shoot photos like yours, you don’t need to rely on corrections tools….thank you, dear Julian!!!

    – Jerri Johnson

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 5 years ago

    Trick or treat? We can always hope… :) Beautiful work.

  • Funny….can you see me chuckling?? Thanks for checking in, Rany…greatly appreciated!

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Traceyisanozzy
    Traceyisanozzyabout 5 years ago

    Divine Jerri, totally love the fabric…………..gorgeous treatment and concept!!

  • Thank you, Tracey, dear goddess of DIVINE…yes, the whole fabric “thang” really appeals to me. XO

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Guntis Jansons
    Guntis Jansonsabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful colouring Jerri. The grey eyes set it all off.

  • Good morning, Guntis!! Thanks for the visit and feedback…I agree that the eyes drive the compo. Hugs!!

    – Jerri Johnson

  • Voila and Black Ribbon
    Voila and Blac...about 5 years ago

    Gorgeous , I would love to have a mask like that !! ;-)

  • Good morning from California. Thanks for the visit and lovely words. I’ve always wanted a mask like this too…should have bought one in Venice, because they were everywhere. XO

    – Jerri Johnson

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