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 Welcome to a World of My Art 

Éva at the art show
Fall Colors Fanny Pack
Éva embracing her fanny pack
Mal, mixed and matched on the top of Aspen
The casual look in Blue Roses
Blue Roses Assorted Pillows
Sisters + Summer= Artful Fun
Summer studio interior
Schutt Ladies in Blue Roses
Paintings on the studio porch
NC ladies rockin' the leggings
Addyson on the Rocks of California Coast
Anahid in White Pepper skirt
The original blue roses dress
C.K. w/ Éva in Blue Roses

Click on Images to enlarge and check out just a sampling of my sites offerings and my friends and family rockin some clothing. 


Hello, I am C.K. Higgison painter of whimsical worlds, art teacher to elementary school kids, designer of clothing infused with great karma and my own original designs, mother, grandmother, wife and Maine resident for over 40 years. This is my website.  Curious about Cottage by the C ? Origins of my site name stem from the fact that for over 16 years nearly all my paintings had small houses or cottages in them, and  C is the first letter of my first name. I secured the domain name way back in the early 2000's and the name has stuck. 

To shop the site I recommend browsing the collections in my drop down menu. The gallery houses my actual paintings. Contact me directly if you are interested in a painting as I ship those directly from my home. 

If you are interested in seeing my work in its original form I have a tiny summer studio in our driveway. It is closed for the season but you may contact me directly for a showing and in addition, Hatch, on Maine Street Brunswick, carries a small selection of my original paintings. But if you are interested to visit my studio in person before that please contact me directly. Contact me. And in addition, late April through early October, we have a roadside flower stand, featuring flowers and aromatics from our gardens at $5 a bouquet. Bouquets by the Road, 

My Story

I have been working with paint and making paintings of one form or another for the past 46 years. While originally from away, Connecticut in fact, I have been living, working and painting in Maine for over 40 years. I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and graduated from Bowdoin College with an A. B. in Creative Visual Arts. I have had various day jobs, from working in an art gallery, to being a visual merchandiser,  running a museum gift shop, to founding the Bowdoin Summer Art CampThat led me to finally figure out what I want to be when I grow up... an elementary school art teacher. And since the fall of 2015 I have been fortunate to be the art teacher at Yarmouth Elementary School, a 2-4th grade public school in Yarmouth, Maine. 


In teaching art to young children I have found my true balance between making my own art and empowering young children to see, create and find their own visual voice as well.

I have been married to my artist husband Peyton Higgison, for the past 35 years and we have made our home here in Brunswick, Maine where we raised our two grown sons Hunter and Skyler. Hunter and his wife Joanna have made Alexandria, Virginia their home and Skyler lives nearby with his partner Amanda and their young family. 

For those curious about the signing of my art work as C. K. Higgison, I am of Armenian descent, and my full name is Chaké (sounds like Shacki) Emira Kavookjian Higgison. While I am very  proud of my Armenian heritage, it's an intimidating name to try fit on my small paintings and even harder to pronounce when seen for the first time, thus I use C.K. for my artist's signature abbreviation.



C.K. Higgison:   shackik@comcast.net