Art Lovers, This One Is For You: Don’t Miss The Chase!
by Vanessa Fewings, author of The Chase
London is one of the most intriguing capitals in the world, and I was lucky enough to be born and raised within easy reach of this historic city. The jewel in the crown is the National Gallery, with over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-thirteenth century to 1900, all housed within an architectural wonder built in 1824. As a teenager, I’d hop on the train from my home in Aldershot and make my way to my favorite museum in Trafalgar Square. Although I didn’t come from a family of artists, this place captured my heart and always draws me back.
Various research studies have proven our stress levels decrease after a visit to an art gallery, though the greatest benefit to our health is when we create art ourselves. I know that painting or writing helps me to cope better with life’s hurdles, so it’ll be no surprise to anyone who knows me that I chose my passion for art as the theme for a new series of romance books based in the art world. The first is The Chase from HQN Books, coming June 6.
Although learning to understand art can be scary at first and bring feelings of self-doubt, once you remember that art appreciation is in the eye of the beholder, it is easier to unleash your inner artiste. I truly believe we’re all artists, and it isn’t difficult to prove this theory. From inspiring tweets to colorful Instagram posts and even Facebook stories from family and friends, creations are being shared by people who wouldn’t normally consider themselves artists.
What kind of art soothes your soul?
About The Chase:
Will she risk it all for a priceless desire?
A rising star in one of London’s top art investigation firms, Zara Leighton’s talent for seeing deep into paintings is in her blood. She’s chosen to help track down Icon, an enigmatic international art thief whose heists are methodical, daring, baffling. To Zara the case is maddening—bordering on an obsession.
She finds distraction in the chiseled form of top-shelf client Tobias Wilder, a magnetic American billionaire who demands her expertise, her discretion—and her secrecy. Wilder doesn’t ask questions. He gives orders. His gaze alone ignites her deepest fantasies. And his touch…
The sudden whirl of exclusive exhibitions and decadent parties that Wilder introduces her to is a potent aphrodisiac. But surrender soon becomes tinged with suspicion. Is Zara’s tryst with Wilder the real thing…or just a convincing forgery?