As a visual artists go, Skip Epperson must be the envy of many. After all, people typically encounter his work by sitting in a comfortable seat and gazing at it for an hour or two. Skip’s art is theater set design and few would argue with calling him Santa Cruz County’s finest in that field. A theater arts faculty member at Cabrillo College for more than 20 years, Skip is most known for his innovative designs for Cabrillo Stage, the professional musical-theater company that operates out of Cabrillo’s Crocker Theater each summer. From “Into the Woods” to “Wizard of Oz” to last summer’s zany holiday comedy “A Night at the Nutcracker.” Skip’s signature style is not going for the obvious, for often opting for the abstract or surreal. His distinctive work was noticed in a big way when he was awarded the prestigious Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship for 2008-09, given to the area’s elite visual artists.