A culmination of two and a half years’ work, A Handshake is Enough is a combination of Marless’ original art and poetry by nationally-known Cowboy Poets from across the nation. Each work of poetry has been uniquely crafted to accompany each of Marless’ thirty-six marvelous works of art. The Cowboy has a unique lifestyle which is shared with the paintings. In the Old West a handshake was a man’s word. The title then, A Handshake is Enough, symbolizes the Code of the West: faith in God, honesty, integrity, love of family and love of Country. Marless also believes that a beautiful handshake takes place throughout this book, as well, that between the Painter and the Poet.