Tools & Talismans #52 — Betsy Cordes

I had the hardest time choosing which talismans to include — especially amongst my many rabbit totems! I was also surprised to find two pieces of jewelry in the final selection. I don't really consider myself a jewelry person, but these both carry so much significance for me. The ring was a gift from my mom. We found it on a trip we took together to Cuernavaca — a mother/daughter celebration after she'd completed treatment for breast cancer. I wear it pretty much every day and feel incomplete if I notice its weight missing from my left index finger. The silver chain belonged to my godmother, who was an enormous creative inspiration to me. My work is all about listening and communicating, so the keyboard and earbuds represent the tools I'd be lost without — my phone and my computer.

Betsy Cordes helps entrepreneurial visual artists with brand definition and business strategy. One of her clients called her an "artist whisperer."


Tools & Talismans is a personal painting project where I document {in watercolor} the tools and talismans of 100 different women — creators and healers, thinkers and makers, wordsmiths and visionaries. Join me for a year of Tools & Talismans — I'll be sharing a new painting with you every Wednesday.

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