"The Underpainter", is a magnificent work of art.
Luminous landscapes inhabit the psyche of the artist, Austin Fraser, like pulsing echoes which haunt the desolate, frozen compartments of his heart.
I am mesmerized by the gripping power of this tale about a man unwilling and therefore unable to commit - neither to friends, nor love, nor landscape - nor even (and especially), to his own art.
His life - the love of a woman, the paintings, the landscape he inhabits - all of this detail and feeling - he obscures and obliterates with surgical acts of "Erasure".
I highly recommend reading this powerful and moving story by Jane Urquhart.