Welcome to a World of My Art
Hello, I am C.K. Higgison and this is my website for my paintings, prints, clothing and pillows. I have had the domain name, Cottage by the C for many years now. Its origins stem from the fact that for nearly 15 years nearly all my paintings had small houses or cottages in them, and C is the first letter of my first name.
New this year, 2020 I have set up an online store of selected clothing, prints and pillows with my paintings on them. It currently is live for skirts and yoga leggings and I plan to have prints and pillows available by Spring.
If you are interested in seeing my work in its original form I have a tiny summer studio in our driveway open July and August and by appointment September through June. I am a full time public school art teacher at Yarmouth Elementary School and am happy to setup a weekend visit of my work. Contact me. And in addition, starting in mid spring, when the daffodils first bloom we have a roadside flower stand Bouquets by the Road.
This past summer my work took a huge departure. I decided I needed a break from the realities of the world and I wanted my paintings to reflect things that bring me joy, or to paraphrase Marie Kondo, I wanted to create paintings that "sparked a joy" in me. With that in mind I entered my tiny studio last July and have had a blast painting worlds of fantasy flowers, chickens, birds, other critters and tiny houses tucked back in the paintings. My number one supporter, besides my lovely husband Peyton, is our grand-daughter Éva (Seen below with a painting). She loves to come to my tiny house studio, and paw through the paintings and tell me she 'lobes" them and usually she asks if she can have one for her room. She is my audience and I hope that by painting pictures that bring her pleasure, the works will touch others and help brighten their days too.
I have been working with paint and making paintings of one form or another for the past 45 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, and running a museum gift shop, but I have finally, in the past 20 years found my calling as an elementary school art teacher.
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.
In 1997 I founded and directed the Bowdoin Summer Art Camp. While I am not longer involved with the BSAC, it is still running strong, and I am very proud of having started it. I went on to become certified as a public school art teacher, with a focus and passion for working with young elementary children. I have taught art at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb, at Morse Street School (K -2), in Freeport, at Pownal Elementary, and since Fall of 2015 I became the art teacher at the Yarmouth Elementary School, a public 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade school in Yarmouth, Maine.
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) Kavookjian Higgison. While I am 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.