The Color of Water I: Colton

The Color of Water I: Colton

Keeley Rae
Country
Born 1997, Idaho; Residing Maryland
Dimensions
53 x 29 x 2.5 in.
Medium
Oil on panel

Rae paints a portrait of her brother Colton looking at his reflection in a pool of water. Raised in a biracial family, Rae connected with James McBride’s memoir, The Color of Water. McBride found identity when his mother told him "God is the color of water" in response to his query whether God were black or white. The potential to become like God is present in all of His children. His image is reflected in our countenances.

"If one were to see a photo of my own family, one would see five different skin tones, ranging from pale white to dark umber, but all of whom call the same two people Mom and Dad."