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James "Skip" Sommer, Proprietor of Shadowbend Studios

There is an old Russian saying on the island of Paramushir, “As you cooked the porridge, so must you eat it”. The young boy whom the locals called “справедливый волос лайка засада” (fair haired kid who gets in the way) never understood its inherent wisdom. As the son of a prominent Scottish Pastry Chef and a Balinese Puffin trainer, James “Skip” Sommer never felt completely at home in the windswept, barren fishing villages of the Kuril Archipelago. Ever since his family landed in Utyosnaya Bay after a freak storm sent their traveling Persian rug framing business off course, Skip would spend many a long afternoon weaving old fishing nets into creative macramé coffee mug holders in the shadow of Mount Chikurachki while dreaming of a life as a graphic designer and artist. The only outlet for his creativity consisted of painting unusual ship markings on the bows of fishing boats, until one day when he found himself a stowaway in a cargo of black market fish balls being smuggled to the United States by the Cypriot leisure food cartel. Skip was on his way to America and his dream...

“He was born silly and had a relapse” - Arthur Baer

Actually... Skip was born in Alameda California on December 15th, 1962 and is a card carrying Sagittarius. He doesn't speak Russian, has never been any farther west than Hawaii and had not even heard of the Kuril Islands until he needed an obscure place with a cool name for his little exercise in ridiculousness. He currently lives in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. Skip studied Commercial and Fine Art in college, spent some time as an Art Director for a graphic design firm in the late 80's and has spent most of his life creating art and expressing his creativity through a multitude of medias. In his "spare" time he wrangles his kids, finds time for his photography makes some really good mead and tries to remember that every day is a blessing.

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