Leigh resides in New York City as a full time artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since the early 1980's.
She was born in Taipei, Taiwan and received her BFA from Washington State University, MA and MFA from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1979, she won the First Prize in Painting in the Ten Outstanding Young Talents Competition in Taiwan. In 1980, she was awarded Outstanding Merit in the Young Artists in Asia Now competition in Hong Kong. In 1995 and 1996, her work was selected in many national and international jury shows including the 9th and 10th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Large Small Work '95 International, Small Works International, First Annual National Juried Small Work Exhibition in New York, NY. These shows were highly competitive and Leigh's work was chosen from thousands of submissions.
Leigh won the SUNY Albany Purchase Award in 1995 and the University of Wisconsin Purchase Award in the 1995 Parkside National Small Print Exhibition. She was also awarded an Artist Grant by the National Taiwan Art and Humanity Foundation in support of her solo exhibitions in Taipei Fine Arts Museum. A catalog entitled The Harbour and the Open Sea was published for this exhibition. Leigh was awarded a 1997 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. In 1997, she was honored with "the Artist Award of 1997" by the New York State Assembly.
In 1998, Leigh's work was selected by Juror Linda Weintraub to be included in The New York State Biennal Exhibition at The New York State Museum. In additon, Juror Lela Hersh, Director of Exhibitions and Collections at the Chicago Contemporary Museum of Art, selected Leigh's work for the annual Mohawk Hudson Region Juried Exhibition. Leigh received First Prize. Her painting, Untitled #6, was purchased by the Albany Institute of History & Art for its permanent collection.
In 1999 and 2005 she was awarded Artist Grants by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Since 1999, her paintings have been selected to be part of the Art in Embassies Program of the United States Department of State and have been exhibited in many U.S. Embassies: Denmark, Jordan, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Botswana, Barbados, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2005, the Art in Embassies Program purchased three paintings that were exhibited in the U.S. Barbados Embassy for their permanent collection. And, in 2000, she was honored by both the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the Helena Rubinstein Fellowship.
Hundreds of her works are included in private and public collections. Her paintings have been featured in many major magazines included Art in America, New American Paintings, Art in Asia, Asian Art News, Vogue, Better home and Gardens, Harper's Bazaar, Architecture, Water Front Home and Design, San Diego Home and Garden and Interior.