_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 completed her degree at the University of Maryland in Secondary Education majoring in Speech/Theater and minoring in English. After graduating she moved to Massachusetts and taught Speech, Theater and English in the public schools. But her love for the visual arts persisted. In 1973 she began graduate study in painting and portraiture at Massachusetts College of Art and The Back Bay Art Studios. She began creating custom pastel portraits in 1974. 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 and the Natick courthouse. Her works 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 children and adults in her studio in Natick.