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Collage painting in blue and ochre tones of a young couple passionately kissing. Created by recycling a variety of paper products.
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(collage and oil painting on canvas, 24X36, 2009)

"Firework of love"

Love… People in love… Holding hands, first kisses, racing hearts… I hate when passersby give dirty looks to two people kissing. I have no problem with anybody from fourteen to eighty making out somewhere in public, (as long as that's all it is and no serious hand actions are involved). I'm happy to see people embarking on a wonderful journey, which I know will be wonderful regardless of whether it becomes a long-term relationship, ends in marriage or leads to a heartbreak. People often say that being in love completes them, but what they fail to realize is that going through the 'process' of being in love is what shapes them as people; and not just for the duration of time they are in love, but for the rest of their lives.

Realizing that you can care more about another person than you care about yourself and/or suffering so much that you can't see why you would want to continue on living without your lover makes us better, more thoughtful and more compassionate in the long run. Love allows us to experience life to its full potential. Love is easy and difficult at the same time. It makes us fearless and careless while simultaneously making us more fearful and careful than we ever thought we could be. It makes us metaphorically lose our minds while it enables us to physically feel our hearts.

Love is a true miracle that most humans are given a chance to experience. It's unfortunate that so few of us are able to appreciate true love for what it truly is, and that even fewer of us are able to hold on to it. I happen to think that while we are in love the objective should be to enjoy every minute and to remember that you are privileged to experience this true miracle no matter how long it lasts.

"Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
Franklin P. Jones

"Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
Robert Frost

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."
William Shakespeare