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A joined article between the UK Magazine MUSETOUCH for September 2010

Eric Armusik was born and raised in the northeastern coal region of Pennsylvania.
Once one of the largest coal mining operations in the county then was replaced with
the depressions of post- industry. The landscape riddled with abandoned buildings
and mountains of culum provided little inspiration for the young talented artist.
What remained out of all the blight was a vibrant and ethnic community strong in
faith. What the community lacked in public art and museums it made up for it with
churches on every city block. It was here Eric had his first experiences with art star-
ing at the walls and ceilings at church every Sunday. The traditions and academic
rendering of Catholic artwork made a permanent impression that continues to in-
fluence his work today. Armusik attended Pennsylvania State University, where he
earned a B. F. A. in painting, with and a minor in an art history focusing on Baroque
art. He spent his last semester studying painting and art history in Italy. The rare op-
portunity to view masterworks by Baroque painters Caravaggio and Artemisia Gen-
tileschi had a profound effect on the quality of his work and focused the inspiration
he experienced as a child.
Returning home, Eric met a young and talented Rebekah, unique and gifted dramatic
writer. By the tender age of ten, she was writing poetry and short stories that were
inspired by her grandmother’s tales of Slavic folklore. Following private school, she
attended King’s College where she majored in Literature. Shortly after graduation she
began writing “Memoirs of a Gothic Soul”. At first, the novel was more of an autobio-
graphical project that centered on her eccentric Slovak family and her experiences

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in Northeast Pennsylvania. But soon her grandmother’s stories of vampirism became
the focus of the book. Before long, Rebekah’s love of the romantic Vampire began to
change the direction of the novel and the series. After several dates, Rebekah and Eric
announced they plan to marry.
Today, the couple is living in a wonderful Victorian home, with their three children.
Rebekah is releasing “ Memoirs of a Gothic soul”, the first novel in the series of thir-
teen, and her second book in the series, titled “Mariposa” will be available Valen-
tine’s Dat 2011. Eric’s work has been featured in such galleries and museums as the
Salmagundi Art Club, New York; Allentown Art Museum; Philip and Muriel Berman
Art Museum, Ursinus College; Monsoon Galleries; Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts; State
Museum of Pennsylvania; and Reading Public Museum. His paintings are in the per-
manent collections of The Trenton City Museum, Lehigh Valley Hospital and several
private collections and his work has also been prominently featured in publications
like American Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Victorian Homes, Old House
Journal, ArtMATTERS, Morning Call, Reading Eagle and William and Mary Review.
The romantic paintings of Eric Armusik have been featured in the pages of The New
York Times, Wall Street Journal, Victorian Homes Magazine, Art forum, Chicago
Tribune, American Art Collector, Poets and Artists, and American Artist Magazine.
I was a bit surprised when Eric contacted me, asking me to do the interview with
both of them, together, the first of that kind they ever gave. A girl from Serbia, just
starting as a journalist, lost in dreams and imagination...was I the right person? The
following lines will give you an answer to that...

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Maia : When I saw the photo you sent
me, Eric, I caught myself staring. I
just couldn’t believe what I saw. It
looked like a scene from some magi-
cal, forgotten time, covered with veils
of secrecy...your home, the whole
atmosphere, and especially you two...
you look like you are from another
world, another time...you look un-
real. Can you please tell me in which
world you are living in, what time
and...are you two real?
Eric : I sometimes wonder that too,
Maja. Rebekah and I are far too con-
nected to believe that this is the only
time we’ve known each other. Our
love feels like it has been experienced
for many lifetimes, it seems natural
and habitual. As for being from this
time, I think we’re way out of place,
at times, it’s uncomfortable. Our
lives, our perceptions, our integrity
and our respect for traditions, makes
us very difficult, to categorize. And
our home, is very much an extension
of our lives. It is old, romantic and
decadent.
Everything we do, we do with excess.
Thankfully we have each other, and
that is all that is important in our
lives.
Maia : Eric, you are often declaring
that Rebekah is your soul-mate...most
people don’t even believe that some-
thing like that can exist. Is the legend
about the other half who makes us
complete and brings eternal happi-
ness and peacefulness just a legend,
or is it true ? Are you two a living
proof of that legend?
Eric : With all honesty - yes. It does
exist for for me. I would die without
Rebekah. She is every breath I take,
every brushstroke in my paintings
and every experience I’ve had that I
consider bliss. My life was dead be-
fore I met her. I couldn’t live a day
without her.
Maia : Being an artist was always a
special gift, a bliss, but also a horrible
burden in past times and especially
today...Does having a soul-mate make
everything easier and what kind of
influence does that have on your art
and your life generally?
Eric : I’ve always had an easy time
expressing very deep and sometimes
painful emotions in my work, wheth-
er it was through music or painting.
The only person I’ve seen do that bet-

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ter than I do, is my darling, Rebekah.
One would think, that such love, and
affection that we have towards each
other, would dry up those inspira-
tions. On the contrary, we are so
tapped into each other’s inspiration,
we are able to contribute, and expand
upon that inspiration. Art should
provide a transformative experience
for the viewer. It doesn’t matter if
you are painting the Crucifixion of
Christ, or the Death of Cleopatra.
The experience an artist should pro-
vide, is a window into tragedy and
loss, and prove that, one can tran-
scend death or tragedy and still find
these emotions beautiful. Good art,
uplifts the viewer, and assists them
in the revelation of beauty, of great
painting, music or literature. We
both believe in passionate, dramatic
work. If it isn’t done with these ele-
ments, why do it? I’d rather be hated
or loved than ignored.
Maia : Romantic is an attribute which
is echoing in my mind when I think
about you two, the most used word
in your biographies, presentations,
interviews you gave...what does being
romantic mean to you and how does
it feel to be romantic in today’s world,
a world which seemingly despises ro-
mance, and the existence of true love?
Eric : We are the antithesis of much
that exists in this world, both in our
everyday lives, and in the art world.
We are proud of this fact. We’ve both
listened to so many people during our
years together, telling us how to be,
what to expect, how to do our art. In
the end, what worked for other peo-
ple, never worked for us. I follow my
heart, and with Rebekah by my side,
that has never failed me. Our lives
are irrational in today’s terms much
like the Romantics were in their time.
Rational thought taints good art and
good love.
Maia : Can love be eternal? And if
you believe in that...where is, by
your opinion, the place for people
who think the same in today’s world?
Above all...is there a place for them?
Eric : Love can be eternal, you just
have to put it first, before anything.
People today think that because
things move so quickly, that love
can move at that pace too. They are
wrong. Love, just like traditional
painting, takes time and patience.

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Situations are never the same, but
the approach always leaves itself
open to adaptation. I paint and love
with great passion, but it isn’t hard
to decide what I desire more. Those
who would think that art making is
life’s greatest passion, are fools that
haven’t felt what real love, or passion
is. Without love you couldn’t possi-
bly understand tragedy or despair to
paint is. How else would you identify
with it unless you’ve had something
so perfect you would die without it.
That is my strength as an artist.
Maia: Eric wrote to me once saying
how passionate you both are about
what you do. Do you think that any
form of art is possible without pas-
sion? Is passion the essence of art and
life generally?
Rebekah : To me, passion is the es-
sential ingredient in life, when con-
cerning happiness. I approach eve-
rything with passion. The way I love
Eric, my children, my art, is all ex-
tensions of passionate living. To be
truly great at what you do, requires a
copious amount of passion. Without
this element, it’s nothing more, than
art, for art’s sake. Personally, I see
the lack of passion in all forms of art
around me. I see it in literature, in
visual art and theater. When I pick
up a book, and it seems contrived,
formulaic or static, I think automati-
cally, that this author is distant. He
or She is unable to connect with the
characters or potential readers, or
convey emotion. I excel at this, I
never write, what I do not know and
this, has been successful for me. Eric
has this unique gift as well. We have
spent many nights, talking over a bot-
tle of wine, about passion and emo-
tion. When I look at my husbands
work, I see unbridled emotion! No
one today, paints sorrow, love, pain
or torment the way Eric does. He is
a master at what he does. I look at
other realist painters and see a fig-
ure painted well, but when I view my
husbands work, I feel the characters
emotions, it moves me and takes me
to places that are both euphoric, and
uncomfortable.
Maia : Rebekah, can you please tell
me what it was like growing up and
being a Gothic soul? Did you have a
vision of love or did everything be-
come clear the moment you met Eric?

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Rebekah : From the moment I was
aware of love, I knew that something
great, was destined for me. When I
was little, I would dream of a man
who would love me uncondition-
ally, who would adore all my moods,
even the unsavory ones. I never gave
up hope, though difficult at times. I
always knew, that I would have a love
that transcended reason, and time. I
searched for that other person that
would make me whole, the person
that would fill that awesome cavity
in my heart. In many ways, it tainted
most of my romantic relationships,
but when I met Eric, I knew he was
the one. Within hours of meeting, I
was in love, I knew he was the one
that would satiate all the needs I had.
Maia : You started writing “ Memoirs
of a Gothic soul “ shortly after your
graduation. Did your encounter with
Eric change the direction of the novel
and the series?
Rebekah : Absolutely! When I met
Eric, I was jaded, and cynical. This
unhappiness, was evident in the first
drafts of the books. But something
changed inside me when I met him,
all the dreams and ideas I had of love,
came to fruition. It was then, that I
was sure once again, that my premo-
nitions were correct.
Knowing Eric, loving him, and living
with his perfection, changed the tone
of the novels greatly. He infused hope
into my novels, gave my character a
reason to live, and a sense of redemp-
tion, she would have not had other-
wise. I often say, that Eric brings out
my latent goodness!
Maia : Why a series of thirteen nov-
els? Does that number have a special
meaning for you?
Rebekah : Actually, thirteen is notori-
ously, a very unlucky number. I have
defied odds all my life, why not now?
To me, thirteen just seemed right but
I cannot be for certain, that I will not
have more in me. My tale is epic, so
to just box my story into such limi-
tations, seems unfair. Who knows,
there may be thirty three!
Maia : Would you like to tell me more
about your next novel “Mariposa” or
should it stay a secret for now?
Rebekah : Mariposa, is about Nadija’s
transformation, her acclamation into
her immortal life. I often say, that

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paintings. I still don’t think a lot of
my critics understood the intention
of the event and that, in the end, I
sold all 19 of the paintings and didn’t
have to burn any of them. But get-
ting back to the passion in it...from
the time I conceived the idea of the
Fire Sale and now the Portrait Mara-
thon I’ve taken my work into my own
direction. For so long, I’ve played
everyone else’s game in the art world,
and I’ve found myself disappointed
and impatient. I am better than the
mundane life, then trying to fit into
a blazed path. Maybe it is the rock-
star in me from my music days, that
has made me see, that I am so much
more! I’m the guy, that doesn’t sit
around and wait, wondering what
will happened. I am different. I
make things happen. Fortunately
for me, I’m married to someone, that
sees an even bigger person in me.
Rebekah gives me unbounded cour-
age and support.
The Marathon Portrait is going to
be an incredible event. I am taking
on portrait requests, worldwide, for
the event which will take place from
September 17-19, 2010. There is so
much to be excited about. It will be
a Guinness Book of World Records
for me, vampirism is a metaphor for
my life with Eric. Before him, my life
was unhappy, tragic, meaningless and
trite. When I met him, I began liv-
ing, seeing the endless possibilities
that life had to offer. To me, it was a
renaissance, a purging of all that once
once bad and wrong in my life.
I believe, that by giving Nadija my
experiences and fears, by impregnat-
ing her with my personality, emo-
tions, heartache, and transformation,
she is authentic. She is someone that
people can cling to, love and admire.
I have had readers say, that she is
them, that they know her sadness, her
isolation and her fear of abandon-
ment. To them, I say yes, she is every-
one and she is me.
Maia : Eric, I saw you burning your
painting, your own creation. I know
that you will be doing a 48 hour
painting marathon in September and
that you will be blogging live together
with Rebekah...What is making you
so devoted, so passionate and differ-
ent? What is giving you such energy
and courage...is it love?
Eric : Funny you should mention the
Fire Sale and my burning one of the

musetouch 29

what is your message to the world,
what legacy do you want to leave?
Eric : To conquer the world. We have
a lot to leave behind over a lifetime.
We won’t stop until our names are
etched in history among the greats.
It isn’t anything we force or plan.
Life is far too demanding! I would
like to , that concentrating on what
we love about each other first, will al-
ways provide the roadmap, to exactly
where we should be at any particular
time. I think, that love like ours, the
marriage of art in two very similar,
yet distinct forms, will always be in-
triguing and timeless. Without each
other, our art is dead. To some, that
is inconceivable, to others, coveted.
But for me, it is what it is. I believe,
we have been doing this for many
lifetimes, I ‘m certain, we’ve been to-
gether for centuries.
Maia Sylba

Rebekah : Absolutely! When I met
Eric, I was jaded, and cynical. This
unhappiness, was evident in the first
drafts of the books. But something
changed inside me when I met him,
all the dreams and ideas I had of love,
came to fruition. It was then, that I
was sure once again, that my premo-
nitions were correct.
Knowing Eric, loving him, and living
with his perfection, changed the tone
of the novels greatly. He infused hope
into my novels, gave my character a
reason to live, and a sense of redemp-
tion, she would have not had other-
wise. I often say, that Eric brings out
my latent goodness!
Maia : Why a series of thirteen nov-
els? Does that number have a special
meaning for you?
Rebekah : Actually, thirteen is notori-
ously, a very unlucky number. I have
defied odds all my life, why not now?
To me, thirteen just seemed right but
I cannot be for certain, that I will not
have more in me. My tale is epic, so
to just box my story into such limi-
tations, seems unfair. Who knows,
there may be thirty three!
Maia : Would you like to tell me more
about your next novel “Mariposa” or
should it stay a secret for now?
Rebekah : Mariposa, is about Nadija’s
transformation, her acclamation into
her immortal life. I often say, that

musetouch 28
paintings. I still don’t think a lot of
my critics understood the intention
of the event and that, in the end, I
sold all 19 of the paintings and didn’t
have to burn any of them. But get-
ting back to the passion in it...from
the time I conceived the idea of the
Fire Sale and now the Portrait Mara-
thon I’ve taken my work into my own
direction. For so long, I’ve played
everyone else’s game in the art world,
and I’ve found myself disappointed
and impatient. I am better than the
mundane life, then trying to fit into
a blazed path. Maybe it is the rock-
star in me from my music days, that
has made me see, that I am so much
more! I’m the guy, that doesn’t sit
around and wait, wondering what
will happened. I am different. I
make things happen. Fortunately
for me, I’m married to someone, that
sees an even bigger person in me.
Rebekah gives me unbounded cour-
age and support.
The Marathon Portrait is going to
be an incredible event. I am taking
on portrait requests, worldwide, for
the event which will take place from
September 17-19, 2010. There is so
much to be excited about. It will be
a Guinness Book of World Records
for me, vampirism is a metaphor for
my life with Eric. Before him, my life
was unhappy, tragic, meaningless and
trite. When I met him, I began liv-
ing, seeing the endless possibilities
that life had to offer. To me, it was a
renaissance, a purging of all that once
once bad and wrong in my life.
I believe, that by giving Nadija my
experiences and fears, by impregnat-
ing her with my personality, emo-
tions, heartache, and transformation,
she is authentic. She is someone that
people can cling to, love and admire.
I have had readers say, that she is
them, that they know her sadness, her
isolation and her fear of abandon-
ment. To them, I say yes, she is every-
one and she is me.
Maia : Eric, I saw you burning your
painting, your own creation. I know
that you will be doing a 48 hour
painting marathon in September and
that you will be blogging live together
with Rebekah...What is making you
so devoted, so passionate and differ-
ent? What is giving you such energy
and courage...is it love?
Eric : Funny you should mention the
Fire Sale and my burning one of the

Rebekah : Absolutely! When I met
Eric, I was jaded, and cynical. This
unhappiness, was evident in the first
drafts of the books. But something
changed inside me when I met him,
all the dreams and ideas I had of love,
came to fruition. It was then, that I
was sure once again, that my premo-
nitions were correct.
Knowing Eric, loving him, and living
with his perfection, changed the tone
of the novels greatly. He infused hope
into my novels, gave my character a
reason to live, and a sense of redemp-
tion, she would have not had other-
wise. I often say, that Eric brings out
my latent goodness!

Maia : Why a series of thirteen nov-
els? Does that number have a special
meaning for you?

Rebekah : Actually, thirteen is notori-
ously, a very unlucky number. I have
defied odds all my life, why not now?
To me, thirteen just seemed right but
I cannot be for certain, that I will not
have more in me. My tale is epic, so
to just box my story into such limi-
tations, seems unfair. Who knows,
there may be thirty three!
Maia : Would you like to tell me more
about your next novel “Mariposa” or
should it stay a secret for now?
Rebekah : Mariposa, is about Nadija’s
transformation, her acclamation into
her immortal life. I often say, that
for me, vampirism is a metaphor for
my life with Eric. Before him, my life
was unhappy, tragic, meaningless and
trite. When I met him, I began liv-
ing, seeing the endless possibilities
that life had to offer. To me, it was a
renaissance, a purging of all that once
once bad and wrong in my life.
I believe, that by giving Nadija my
experiences and fears, by impregnat-
ing her with my personality, emo-
tions, heartache, and transformation,
she is authentic. She is someone that
people can cling to, love and admire.
I have had readers say, that she is
them, that they know her sadness, her
isolation and her fear of abandon-
ment. To them, I say yes, she is every-
one and she is me.

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