Pic was the pseudonym of Charles Higgins. He was born in Argentina of Scottish parents. Having been wounded at Gallipoli, he returned to South America in 1919 to work as a construction engineer. Returning to Britain in the 1920s to devote his life to painting, he built a cottage on the Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides and divided his time between there and his studio in St Johns Wood, London. He married Kate Elisabeth Olver the Portrait Painter in 1927.
In 1947 Pic's work was shown in the first of many exhibitions at the Gimpel Fils Gallery in Mayfair. His work is shadowy, haunted, dream-led and fantastic.