_Teresa Higgins was born in Washington D.C. surrounded by a family of artists where she developed a passion for portraiture. However, determined to be different, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Secondary Education focused on Speech and Theater. After moving to Massachusetts , she taught at Boston Latin School and studied painting and portraiture at Massachusetts College of Art and the Back Bay Art Studios. Later she studied with nationally acclaimed portrait painters Daniel Greene and Raymond Everett Kinstler. She began creating commissioned pastel portraits in 1974. Now, she works in both pastels and oils.
Her work has been exhibited during the past thirty years with many art associations, galleries and public institutions including: The Copley Society, The Cambridge Art Association, the Marblehead Art Association, The Springfield Artists League, The Wilson Gallery in Boston, The Swain Frame Gallery in Dover , the Natick courthouse, The Frame Shop and Gallery in Natick and Medfield, the Clever Monk Coffee Shop in South Natick and the Coffee Connection in Wellesley. Her paintings hang in private collections in Welleslely, Weston and Dover as well as throughout the United States and Europe. She is a juried associate member of the Pastel Society of America and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Her paintings in oils and pastels are created primarily from her photographs of the subject and can be viewed in her Natick studio.
With twenty- five years of teaching experience including Boston Latin High School, Marblehead High School and Brookline Adult Education, she also teaches Studio Art Classes for adults, teens and children in her Natick studio.