Jay Long creates Mixed-Media Silhouette paintings and Shadow Boxes, using wood, linen, found books, oil paint, shellac, and wax. This creative process begins with a sketch of an idea. The drawing is then transferred to a wood panel which is cut to the shape, covered with linen, collaged with text from the found books, then painted. The result is mounted with dowels into a handmade box frame to add dimension, and finished with stain, shellac, and wax. Ideas are sometimes inspired by literature, music or theater as a way of personally interpreting historic or contemporary culture. Other sketches are created automatically, without premeditation, in order to discover the features of a character or scene more as a participant in the emerging idea than its creator.