Medium: 27 x 40” Acrylic on canvas
Year: 2010

“We all know the old adage, 'Men are from Mars, and women are from Venus.' Anyone who has been in love and in a relationship knows this rings true. Unfortunately, women don’t come with a user’s manual, and men are often left scratching their heads trying to figure it out. Just as a watered plant will grow, so will a relationship provided with the proper fertilizer. However, it’s easy to succumb to the pace of today’s world, and we become complacent with the ones we love. By reading between the lines of the paper, we can plug into a new understanding and realize that they do in fact, come with instructions; the manual has always been there.

“It’s the little things which hold the greatest weight, tiny details of everyday life that add up to a beautiful mosaic of love: taking the time to listen, letting her know she’s beautiful, and making her laugh. It’s all about enjoying the moments we have, pausing to smell and enjoy the flowers. Forgetting the manual, sometimes we end up having to take it all apart because we built it up the wrong way. Men are stubborn and think we don’t need instructions, that we’re never lost, and we don’t need help. But this is one booklet we can’t ignore, and it’s not so much that we’re from different planets, maybe woman just read a little more than we do.”