David M. Higgins was born in Deposit, NY and raised in Elmira and Binghamton. He received a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY Binghamton in 1983. He received an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University in 1988.

He is senior Professor of Art at Corning Community College, where he has been teaching since 1991. He is represented by West End Gallery in Corning and The Caffery Gallery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has exhibited his work nationwide and in Germany.

He is a three-time Best in Show winner at the juried Arnot Regional Exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, where he has also won the second place award three times. He is also a three-time Best in Show winner at the juried Susquehanna Regional Exhibition at the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, NY. He also exhibited in the 2012 Biennial Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, where seven thousand people saw his work.