Paul Somers holds an associates degree from Blue Ridge Community College, a B.A. in English from JMU and an M.A. in English from UNC-Pembroke. A former middle school English teacher, Somers left teaching to focus on work that would allot him more time to pursue his craft as a photographic and film artist. This shift also allowed him to work as a curator and community organizer of cultural events in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he is raising two wonderful children with impeccable taste in art and music.
Somers has had three solo shows of his own photography and contributed his work to numerous other group shows. He is an active poet and author of the collection “Animal Insight,” “Bar Ply,” and currently is finishing a small collection titled “Fight Songs.” Along with Tim Estep, he founded the Super Gr8 Film Festival in 2009, which has produced nearly 200 films to date, all in the Super 8mm format. Currently, he is the manager, along with Mark Finks, of the downstairs bar at The Blue Nile, a venue dedicated to the preservation and promotion of local music, art, poetry and culture. He also has a photo studio and workshop for making custom frames and studio photography right next to his good friends at Alley Cat Tattoo.
Finally, when not working on any of the above, he rides his skateboard with his friends who, like him, have grown into professions and adulthood, but still find the time to skate. Somers believes that regardless of medium, style, genre, etc. Art is an unending communal process and thus his work is never done.