I spent an hour visiting with Elmer Long and viewing his unique art -- a forest of trees with old bottles for branches. (For an image of that art, click on the thumbnail below.) I made this portrait of Elmer in his home, as he talked of his life and his art. The battered hat and long beard give Elmer much of his character. I have tried to imply even more character by including his folded hands. They may be at rest, but they are well worn and well used. I use soft window light so that Elmer can come to us from out of mysterious shadows. His work comes from the imagination, and the source of imagination is often shrouded in mystery.