Tools & Talismans: 100 Conversations in Watercolor

  • Paperback edition 8.25” x 8.25”

  • 250 pages with 100 full color paintings

  • Pre-orders are open till Sept 9th

  • Books will ship in mid-October.


The idea for Tools & Talismans was initially sparked by some still-life photos I’d taken in my painting studio – collections of random treasures and tools – and a desire to learn how to use a beautiful set of watercolor pencils.

I expanded the idea and invited 100 women to share a photo of their tools and talismans, and a few words. I figured it would give me more to paint, and since I didn’t know what kind of subject matter I might receive it would challenge me more than I might challenge myself. And I asked for the words because I was just plain curious about what these collections might mean to each of the women.

Pretty quickly I discovered that at the core of the project we were all sharing stories about what was of value to us through our connection to these collections of things. So Tools & Talismans is also a story about how the things we treasure and use also hold our stories – rich, meaningful stories that share deeper tales about how we spend our time, how we share our gifts, what we love, and where we put our focus.

Tools & Talismans shares stories about work, life, memories and milestones – and perhaps as you listen to the stories, you’ll begin to hear more of your own. I believe our most powerful talismans are our stories, and many of our life stories are embedded in our treasures and our tools – my wish is that after reading this book you’ll look at your own tools and talismans and hear some of the stories yours have to tell you.


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