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Nellie Mae Rowe, American, 1900–1982
Crayon and colored pencil on paper
19 x 24 inches
Gift of Judith Alexander
A devout Christian and lover of nature, Nellie Mae Rowe held beliefs about earthbound harmony that often manifested in imagery typical of a biblical heaven. In this drawing, Rowe illustrates her idyllic vision of peace with a placid yet technicolor sea, verdant fields of flowers, and a heavenly sunrise. With the large fish in the middle of the image and the holy hand in the upper right corner, Rowe indicates that the peace granted to earthly creatures is distinctly one of God’s making.