Amy Livingstone, MA is a contemporary sacred artist and spiritual activist. She began drawing at a young age while growing up in New Hampshire and completed undergraduate studies in fine art. After relocating to Portland, Oregon in the early 90s, she discovered figurative sculpture through classes at the Pacific NW College of Art and studied at Hipbone Studio for six years while maintaining a thriving graphic design business. In 2001, after a spiritual awakening that unfolded over a long period of grieving, she answered her soul calling to work professionally as an artist. In 2003, Amy founded Sacred Art Studio after a transformative ten-day training with environmentalist Joanna Macy and dedicates her work to the healing of our world.
Drawing inspiration from all spiritual traditions and the wisdom of our indigenous ancestors, Amy’s artwork reveals through a symbolic language our innate interconnectedness in the web of creation and reverences the earth as holy. In 2013, she was the featured artist on Earth Day at Portland Community College (Sylvania) where she brought the Return to the Garden installation and in 2016 returned with a week-long installation titled Momento Mori: Oceans in Crisis, both of which shine a light on climate change and endangered species.
Her paintings and sculptures reside in many private collections, have been exhibited around the Pacific Northwest and Colorado, and featured in regional and international publications. Amy recently completed two large-scale paintings for Providence St. Vincent Hospital’s interfaith prayer room and has created numerous works on commission including personal Soul Symbol Mandalas. In 2015, she received the Honorable Mention Award from Concordia University and the Oregon Society of Artists for her painting Primordial Womb. From 2015-2017, she was also a member of the curated “The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS” collective, an initiative of Manhattan Arts International.
Born of the wisdom gleaned from her own grieving process and eight years facilitating grieving children at The Dougy Center, Ms. Livingstone has designed and led inspirational workshops/retreats since 2002. These gatherings bring together art making and mindfulness practices to support healing and transformation. Amy is a certified Spiritual Director from Urban Spirituality Center and a shamanic practitioner. She has been invited to speak by local communities about her art/grief journey and has presented at the American Academy of Religion Conference (PNW Chapter) and the Parliament of the World’s Religions around the interrelationship between art, religion, and the ecological crisis.
Holding undergraduate degrees in both fine art and advertising communications, Amy was awarded her Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Spiritual Traditions and Ethics from Marylhurst University in 2007. Her thesis Opening to the Midst of Life: A Psychotheological Approach to the Ecological Crisis researches the environmental crisis within a psychological and spiritual framework that offers an existential solution via Creation Spirituality.
Now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, contact her for original art, commissions, workshops, or presentations at 503 756 2542 or email here.
Photo: Erin Berk Photography