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Susan DeSantis




About Susan DeSantis


Susan DeSantis grew up Westerly, RI, a small town nestled between Connecticut and the Atlantic Ocean. She attended the University of Hartford Art School where she received a BFA in drawing.  After graduation in 1986 she moved to Boston, MA and began a Master’s degree in Art therapy and Education.


In the spring of 1987 she moved back to RI to accept a position at Paramount Greeting Cards and pursue her first love- illustration.

She was thrilled to be working with some of the finest greeting card illustrators in the country and she took every opportunity to learn from them as much as she could.  In 1990 she was awarded a Louie award for Outstanding Juvenile Valentine card of the year.


Eventually she decided to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator specializing in children’s books.  Over the last 15 years she’s had published over 40 children’s books, numerous magazine spreads and even some game boards.  She’s had the pleasure of working with many wonderful publishing houses including Penguin Putnam for whom she designed the popular 15 book series based on her bunny character Emily.  She also has worked with Disney, Scholastic, Reader’s Digest/Fisher Price, and Highlights High 5 magazine to which she is a regular contributor.


Recently she has also discovered a love of teaching and can be found at Norwich Free Academy working with elementary and middle school students at their Saturday Art program.


In 2005 she moved back to Westerly and married her high school sweetheart, Joey.  They built a home next door to his parents and live there happily with her son, Benjamin, and her step-daughters Chelsea, Melanie, and Heather.

Book Covers by Susan DeSantis

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Styles By This Artist

  • Cartoon

  • Semi-Realistic

  • Stylized

  • Grades K-3

  • Digital

  • Mixed Medium

  • Watercolor

  • Black Line

  • Black Line w/Tone

  • Color

  • Religious

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