Some of these drawings contain old adages and antidotes, which reflect Rowe's sense of humor as well as her abiding religious faith. Rowe also included traced images of her own hands in several works. She once stated, "I leave my hand, just like you leave you hand on the wall. When I'm gone they can see a print of my hand. I'll be gone, but they can look back and say 'that is Nellie Mae's hand'."