“I thought my home was in a desert,” said Takele. “When I arrived, I found a place filled with color–red, green, yellow, the colors of the Ethiopian flag! And while I can’t say it felt like home, I felt like a fish IN water. The look of the people I saw was familiar. I was not a dark face among white ones.”
Since Takele’s return to Israel from Ethiopia, she has expanded her palette from largely pastel to one that includes the colors of her native country. Magenta gives way to red; yellow and green are now also found in her paintings.