Rena, Rosamond, Julie & Berardinis









heavymmm4Julie Strain was a Muse to some well-known artists. In 1970 I asked Rena to be my Muse in Lincoln Nebraska. She turned me down. We might have produced images like the ones you see rendered by Julie’s good friend, Olivia De Berardinis, who might have been inspired by Rosamond.

Kara Bromily was Rosamond’s Tarot Card Reader. Her husband conducted the services at Rosamond’s funeral. Kara wrote the screenplay for the Rowdy Girls starring Julie Lynch who was the Muse for famous artists. Julie and Rean could have passed for sisters when Rena was young. Here is Khara Bromily telling Tom Snyder the Death card came up in Rosamond’s Tarot card reading a week before she drowned.

“Was there any indication to Khara in her vision, or the cards themselves, of
death or impending doom? Did Christine have any concerns in that regard?
My work is about health and forgiveness and self-worth. A death pronouncement
can work against all that. But, if you are asking if a Death card came up, then
the answer is yes?”

Julie married Kevin Brooks Eastman (born May 30, 1962) is an American comic book artist and writer, best known as the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[2] Eastman is also the owner, editor, and publisher of the magazine Heavy Metal.

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Eastman was married to B-movie actress and model Julie Strain. After the marriage Strain starred in the animated film Heavy Metal 2000, based on Eastman’s magazine property Heavy Metal and the graphic novel, The Melting Pot, written by Eastman, Simon Bisley and Eric Talbot. It was the direct to video sequel to the 1981 feature film Heavy Metal.

Being married to a model led to Eastman experimenting in photography himself, producing images (primarily of his then wife) which are available on the Heavy Metal website in galleries entitled “I Shot my Wife”.[17] This led to Strain taking up the camera herself, with some success, resulting in a number of books published by Heavy Metal Magazine of and by Strain-Eastman.[clarification needed][17]

Eastman also acted alongside his then wife in a small number of films since the mid-1990s into the twenty-first century; notably Guns of El Chupacabra in 1997 and The Rock n’ Roll Cops in 2003. He also had a supporting role in the 2004 Troma film Tales from the Crapper. Before that, he had a cameo in the 2000 sequel to The Toxic Avenger called Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, alongside Julie Strain in both films.

He is currently married to Courtney Eastman.

Eastman and TMNT co-creator Peter Laird voiced together in Turtles Forever, where one says of the first TMNT issue, “boy, I sure hope this thing sells.”

Retrograde amnesia (RA) is a loss of memory-access to events that occurred, or information that was learned, before an injury or the onset of a disease.[1] RA is often temporally graded, consistent with Ribot’s Law: subjects are more likely to lose recent memories that are closer to the traumatic incident than more remote memories.[2]

Strain was born in Concord, California. A graduate of Diablo Valley College, she had an extensive athletic background. Much of her youth was wiped from her memory, however, when she was left with a case of retrograde amnesia due to a severe head injury suffered in a fall from a horse.[1] She eventually made her way to Las Vegas and later Hollywood, California and her career took off.

Olivia De Berardinis, or simply Olivia[citation needed] (born November 1948) is an American artist who mainly paints paintings of women, often referred to as pinup or cheesecake art. She has been working in this genre since the mid-1970s. Since 2004 Olivia has been a monthly contributor to Playboy magazine, where her art pinup page appears with captions written by Hugh Hefner.

Born in Long Beach, California, her childhood years were spent primarily on the East Coast. She attended the New York School of Visual Arts from 1967 to 1970, and resided in Soho, N.Y.C., from 1970 to 1974, creating Minimalist paintings. De Berardinis was one of the new artists introduced in the Second Annual Contemporary Reflections 1972-73, of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She also presented as one of 18 new artists in the “Tenth Anniversary, the Larry Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art 1964-74″ with established artists including Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin, and Frank Stella. By 1975. financial pressures forced De Berardinis to seek out commercial art work. She returned to the skills she had gained as a child, painting women. She did work for periodicals and paperback publishers, advertisements, and movie posters. Olivia quickly secured regular work, starting in 1974, painting erotic fantasies for men’s magazines.”Necessity shaped my career, I thought illustrating for sex magazines might be a fun temporary job until my ‘real’ career started. In the back of my mind I believed I would go back to the fine arts. It wasn’t clear to me then, but this work became my art.”

In 1977, she and partner Joel Beren started the O Card Company to publish De Berardinis’ work as greeting cards. In 1979, she married Beren in New York City. They created another company, Ozone Productions, Ltd., to sell and license De Berardinis’ artwork. In 1987, they moved from Manhattan, New York to Malibu, California, where they currently reside.[1]

De Berardinis’ artwork has been shown in art galleries throughout the United States and Japan, and her work is collected by fans worldwide. An original De Berardinis painting now appears in each issue of Playboy magazine.

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