The Land of Romance Series > Prints

My current body of work responds to images used in print paraphernalia of the 1920’s-1950’s, including, among others, Norfolk and Western Railroad travel brochures promoting Virginia as “the land of romance, hospitality, and beauty”; other travel brochures carrying the slogan, “Carry Me Back to Old Virginia”; and Maxwell House Coffee ads. The original, idealized images that these advertisements featured are challenged and expanded in the black and white woodblock prints, perhaps showing a more accurate reality; research into many African American family trees can reveal multiple generations where children were born to slave women and fathered by slave owners.  Additionally, the series includes collages which are a fusion of the original woodblock prints. New narrative possibilities are explored and questions raised, often with no clear answer or story. While these are open to interpretation, my underlying criticism of that era of our nation’s history comes across in subtle, yet derisive ways. This history played a significant role in shaping America, both economically and socially, and has had a lasting impact on both individual families as well as America’s complex social fabric.

Black and white woodblock print appropriating a Budweiser advertisement from the 1930s.
Woodblock print on paper
14" x 20"
2016
Black and white woodblock print based on an advertisement for Nunnally's Candy of the South from 1920.
Woodblock print on paper
11" x 15"
2017
Black and white woodblock print based on a cover of a recipe book for the Evaporated Milk Association from 1932.
Woodblock print on paper
15" x 11"
2017
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of a Old South Toiletries advertisement by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
20" x 15"
2015
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of a Norman Rockwell Coca-Cola advertisement by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
42" x 66"
2014
Black and white woodblock print appropriating an Aunt Jemima advertisement from the 1950s.
Woodblock print on paper
22" x 30"
2015
Black and white woodblock print based on a Maxwell House Coffee advertisement from the 1930s.
Woodblock print on paper
22" x 30"
2015
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of Maxwell House Coffee advertisement by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22" x 30"
2014
Black and white woodblock print appropriating a Norfolk & Western advertisement from the 1930s.
Woodblock print
22" x 30"
2012
Land of Romance Norfolk and Western Railroad Woodblock print
Woodblock print on paper
22" x 30"
2011
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of Virginia tourism brochure by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22" x 30"
2013
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of Virginia tourism brochure by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
22" x 30"
2014
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of a movie poster from 1915 by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
20" x 15"
2016
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of The Warrens of Virginia book cover by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
20" x 16"
2014
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of The Warrens of Virginia movie poster by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
20" x 16"
2014
Black and White woodblock print interpretation of a DeSoto car advertisement by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Woodblock print on paper
19" x 13"
2014
Black and White lithography print interpretation of a Ford car advertisement by Kristin Powers Nowlin.
Lithograph on paper
18" x 14"
2016