Amy Livingstone, M.A. is a contemporary sacred artist and spiritual activist based in Portland, Oregon. She began drawing and painting at a young age and later discovered figurative sculpture in her thirties. 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 the earth.
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 endangered species.
Her paintings and sculptures reside in many private collections, have been exhibited around the Pacific Northwest, 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. She is 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 facilitating 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, a practitioner of non-violent communication, and studied shamanism with teachers both locally and in Peru. She has been invited to speak by local communities about her art and grief journey and has presented at the American Academy of Religion (PNW Chapter) conference around the interrelationship between art, religion/spirituality, 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 A Psychotheological Approach to the Four Paths of Creation Spirituality explores the ecological crisis within a psycho-spiritual framework.
Photo: Erin Berk Photography