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Untouchable
Acrylic 24”x30”  Matthew 8:2-3

Some are untouchable when society says so. Others are untouchable as they withhold themselves from any hope, from any redemption. This image shows both the response of the leper as outcast who also resists with the feeling of unworthiness. The heat of the background colors and agitated throng of tag-alongs push forward in stark contrast the pitiful isolation of the prime figure. He almost writhes in an attempt to ward of compassion. A practiced leper knowing his place can only have one response to an outstretched hand. But his heart is steadfast with hope. For this one hand he might let himself remain within reach. As the hand stretches out to him the words must have rung in his hears as bells of freedom, “I am willing… be clean!”