David Sleightholm is a self-taught artist who finds experimentation and refinement the best teachers. At the age of 3, Dave knew he wanted to be an artist (or race-car driver/army-man). Early on, he found encouragement from his grandmother, a Sunday watercolorist, who wasn’t afraid to tell him that art could be a serious pursuit and bought him a set of pastels. In first grade, he sold his first oil painting to a teacher for the sum of $150. It was robbery of course, but this endorsement cemented his pursuit of the arts.
Laura Genello could be called many things; farmer, scientist, artist...but there has always been a common thread; a love of learning and a passion for bettering the world with practical action. As a child, when she wasn’t outside exploring the nearest swamp with her friends, she could be found, eyes wide, book or paintbrush in hand.
In 2007 she graduated from Brown University with a degree in Environmental Science determined to save the world by changing the way people grow food. For some, a Masters program would seem the obvious next step, maybe that’s why instead, Laura spent the next two years apprenticing on an organic farm, staking tomatoes and driving tractors. But more likely, there was something about working with her hands for her beliefs that pulled her out from behind a desk. It was life defining. The love of soil and all things growing took hold.
Today, Laura pursues her goals of world-salvation, managing an urban farm in Baltimore City as part of a research and demonstration project run by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The rest of her time she dons the persona of a mild mannered artist and helps to take Sleightholm Arts to parts not yet known.