Sometimes an opportunity seized proves to be life-changing. For Jack Tomlinson, the journey begins in Paris.
Jack has been praised all his life for his artistic talent and is rarely seen without his sketchpad. However, in Jack’s world art is considered a hobby – men are expected to have jobs that offer security and advancement.
Future responsibilities are far from Jack’s thoughts when he travels to London to visit relatives. On the crossing, Jack’s drawings astonish fellow artist, Margaret. Convinced of his potential, she draws him into the well-connected Bloomsbury set, opening his eyes to a world where lives are dictated by passions rather than social conventions.
Accepting a thrilling opportunity to attend Paris’ esteemed Académie Julian, Jack’s life is forever changed. He forms a deep friendship with fellow student, Andrés and his sister, Sofia, whose dark eyes and sweet smile captivate Jack’s heart. Together, the trio explore Montparnasse and experience the vibrance of Paris at the height of its golden age. Mentoring from Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso affirm Jack’s talent, and he has never felt so happy.
Despite experiencing the richness and freedom of life of an artist, accompanied by the wonder and turmoil of perfect love, Jack is plagued by the responsibilities that call him home.
Unexpectedly, tragedy threatens and Jack is torn: should he follow the well-laid plans for his future or pursue a path set to disappoint his family and offers only uncertainty?
Portraits in Blue – Book 1: The Sun Rose in Paris is the first of a trilogy that traverses bohemian art worlds, including the Bloomsburys’ Sussex, Hemmingway’s Paris, Picasso’s Malaga and the Montsalvat artists in Eltham, in an epic tale of romance, passion and heartbreak amid art, family and true love.