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"I was born in Yakima, Washington State, in 1941 and raised on my father's farms in the valley. After public schools I went to state colleges in Central Washington and San Jose, California. After I got my Masters of Arts in printmaking I went straight into teaching it at the University of Washington in Seattle. "My teaching career lasted 19 years, and it was a good career, too, except for the politics. I guessed that it was the same in all the art schools across America; yet, I had a vision of a more perfect America that might make a more perfect world. I think artists have a role in this lofty ideal and so a 'Perfect Studio' is necessary. So I resigned from the UW School of Art in 1985. "For the next twenty years I continued to work as an artist and designer. I made a little money by writing, consulting and occasionally making and selling my art. My writing grew out of journalizing and in 1987 I started writing a trilogy about my vision of the 'Perfect Studios.' "I couldn't finish parts two and three because they were rooted in technologies, of which printmaking-my main art form-is the ancestor, continuously changed. Technologies of print, film, video and video games fascinated me and I had an epiphany at a critical point during my teaching career. I never left the path I thought led toward my goal, which was-and is-to be a good, if not great, teacher. "Screenplay writing is an art form one has to understand and appreciate in today's art world, I think, because we live in a time when multitudinous creative languages are used an multimedia allows us to participate fully in many of them. Teachers, too, can participate with their students in this exciting forum; for example, I think to be an art teacher today you can take part of distance learning and even invent new ways to teach. "That is partly why I wrote 'Swipe.' "I must add that the part in the screenplay about the pistol shot is based on a true incident, and I have the print with the bullet hole to show for it in our family art collection."

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