Welcome to a World of My Art 

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
Rooster in Scandinavian Pink World
White Flowers on Blue Pillow
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. 

New last year, 2020 I have set up an online store .It currently is live for a selection of leggings, neck gaiters, skirts, dresses, shorts and pillows.  A selection of prints on canvas  of  certain paintings  are available direct from my studio.  Check out prints and original paintings on my gallery page, and you can contact me directly for purchase of those. 

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, 

For those of you you have followed my works through the years you will note that my work has changed, evolved, circled back on 'visual ideas' that have coursed through my works since I began painting. So here I am in the year 2020, updating my site while the world deals with the ongoing anxiety of the Covid-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic I had already decided my work needed a shake up and I wanted my work,  to paraphrase Marie Kondo,  to "spark a joy" in me and in my viewers.  With that in mind I approach my canvases and have found comfort and joy in the making and more recently in translating my paintings to pieces of comfortable clothing. My designs are shown in collections on this website.  Please explore it and don't hesitate to contact me at the link above for any questions or to visit in person. Thanks, C.K. ( aka Chaké) 

My Story

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,  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.