You just have to see Amy Brakeman Livezey’s paintings in person. Her work combines realistic figures with abstract elements, inviting viewers to engage with history, time, and emotion. They’re layered, embedded with muted passions and forces, bringing abstract colors and shapes into historic photos. Most of her works focus on the white settlement of the West, but with a very contemporary force.
A far cry from small town Ohio where she grew up, the West allowed Amy Brakeman Livezey to blossom into an explorer of landscape and character. Her first true medium of expression was filmmaking, but soon after settling in Montana in 1993 Amy turned to painting. She lives in Helena with her husband, artist Dale Livezey.
Inspirations for these paintings come in part from photo archives at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, and the Montana Historical Society.
Amy is a recipient of the Myrna Loy Grants to Artists.