Mike Sleadd, born and raised in Kentucky, currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. As the former Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Music at Columbia College, he has taught a variety of art classes for the past 31 years. Sleadd works from numerous thumbnail sketches, beginning a drawing with expressive gestures using the ink-soaked plume of a feather. From those initial strokes, he begins to weave an array of patterns into detailed, whimsical abstractions. Intricate, expressive, and sometimes humorous, Sleadd’s work is complex and full of texture, evolving over dozens of hours spent dipping his pen into his antique inkwell.