Function of color
Color carries two functions in Rayn's pictures: first, it showcases the diversity of nature and Man's creations, its contrasts and transitoriness,
such as in the perennial change of seasons (from gray to reds to greens back to reds and browns) or the gentrification of neighbourhoods (replacing warm earth tones by cool blues).
As such, in his stylistic language, color is not just used in contrasting ways between works, but also within, such as contrasting nature and city, rich and poor, modern and traditional etc.
Second, color carries a highly symbolic meaning in many of Rayn's works, showcasing the innate cultural understanding of color on the one hand, but also applying localized meaning within his
projects on the other hand. In "Whisper to Heaven", Rayn juxtaposes the traditional Chinese understanding of Red as a deeply human, lucky color with bluish hues signifying the supernatural.
"Unknown Heroes" frequently sees tiny worker figures trying to stand out and stand up against their overwhelming technological surrounding bathed in deep blues through their colorful, human clothing.
Through the affirmation, rather than rejection, of the innate colors of our natural and human world, Chris Rayn establishes yet another facet of his "canvas of nature" principle
in his body of work. The emphasis on deep hues gives his works the rich and vibrant color palette they have been lauded for.