Raised in Virginia, Elizabeth M. Higgins is a working artist who has lived in Oregon since 1995. She maintains a studio in downtown Portland and teaches children and adult art classes for various cultural organizations.
Elizabeth has been a lifelong learner of various art forms, including drawing, writing, photography and book arts. She found her true artistic passion in 2011 when she discovered watercolor painting. Watercolor painting offered her endless possibilities of color mixing, shape making and composition. She is constantly inspired by shape and color, and finds purpose in expressing herself through the bold use of watercolor pigments. Painting is playful and joyful for her, and these are the feelings she hopes to instill in others.
As a teacher, Elizabeth encourages others to have fun creating, to be open to possibilities, and to be confident in one’s own creative expression. She is always inspired when teaching young children, who are unfettered by judgment or thoughts of what makes art “good” or “right.” This is the outlook she strives to share with all of her students, regardless of age.
Elizabeth is a juried member of Watercolor Society of Oregon and is represented by Catherine Bede Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon. Recently her art was featured on the popular T.V. series “Portlandia.” She has won awards locally for her vibrant, colorful watercolor paintings.
Juried member of Watercolor Society of Oregon. Represented by Catherine Bede Gallery.
Resident artist at East Creative Collective in SE Portland, OR
Arts Instructor, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro, OR — 2015-present
Arts Instructor, Village Gallery of Arts, Portland, OR – 2017-present
Arts Instructor, Virginia Garcia Health Center, Cornelius, OR — 2017-2018
Arts Instructor and Coordinator, Art Literacy Program, West Union Elementary, Hillsboro, OR – 2005-2010
Other Arts Instructor Experience
HomePlate Youth Services
City of Beaverton Employee Arts Program
University of Oregon, M.S. Information Management
University of Virginia, B.A. Rhetoric and Communications Studies
Village Gallery of Arts Spring Award Show 2018 – 1st Place – Portland, OR
Village Gallery of Arts Spring Award Show 2016 – 3rd Place – Portland, OR
Village Gallery of Arts Fall Award Show 2015 – 3rd Place – Portland, OR
Village Gallery of Arts Spring Award Show 2015 – 2nd Place – Portland, OR
“Deconstructed Abstracts” Solo Show, Village Gallery of Arts, Portland, OR – February 2017
“Going on Record” Group Show, Westside Women’s ArtShare Group, Insomnia Coffee, Hillsboro, OR – October 2016
Group Show, Village Gallery of Arts, Justice Center, Downtown Portland, April – June 2016
Instructor and Student Print Show, Multnomah Arts Center, Portland, OR – April – May 2016
“Coastal Landscapes” Solo Show, Village Gallery of Arts, Portland, OR – December 2015
“Food & Drink Paintings” Solo Show, New Seasons Market, Hillsboro, OR – October 2015
“Wax Paper Landscapes” Solo Show, Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, OR – March – April 2015
“200 Under $200” Group Show, Oregon Society of Artists, Portland, OR – November 2015
“Hillsboro Plein Air” Group Show, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR – October – November 2015
“Wax Paper Landscapes” Solo Show, New Seasons Market, Hillsboro, OR – October 2014 Rose Festival Group Show, Oregon Society of Artists, Portland, OR – June 2014