In The Painter we meet Jim Stegner, and artist trying to outrun his past. He has seen his share of violence and loss; he once shot a man, and his marriage disintegrated. Being a well-known expressionist painter he left the art scene of Santa Fe to start over again in the valleys of rural Colorado. He is doing well, spending his days painting and fly-fishing, until one afternoon Jim comes across a man beating a small horse. This encounter ruptures his quiet life.
A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.