Susan Daigle-Leach

Susan Daigle-Leach’s earliest memory is of making pictures of animals. Art was a natural part of growing up, but after earning a BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University in 1983, her personal work took a back seat to graphic design and production.
From 1987 to 1999 Susan was Production Manager and colorist for Another Rainbow/Gladstone, publisher of licensed Disney comics, books and fine art prints, among other projects. During and after that period she was a freelance colorist for Disney Publishing, Image Comics and Egmont Creative, a major European publisher of Disney material. Up through 2007 she estimates having colored over 15,000 pages of comics, including nearly all the stories of Carl Barks, who created Uncle Scrooge.
As a freelance illustrator and layout artist she worked on publications for the National Park Service and other clients, and for the past decade has been a letterer and retouch artist on a variety of manga titles for publishers Viz and Dark Horse.
In 2008, with publishing work slowing down, Susan started spending more time recapturing the pleasures of art for art’s sake, working primarily in acrylic, gouache and mixed media. Animals, both realistic and fanciful, are still among her favorite subjects, along with exploring the color and composition possibilities of abstract art.
“To quote Sondheim, ‘art isn’t easy’, but making it is one of life’s great pleasures; after decades working with licensed material, it’s satisfying to be making art again, and an honor to share it with others.”