He earned a B.S. in Zoology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Fine arts from Indiana University. He is also a trained auctioneer.
Son of the late Evelyn Louise Livingston and the late Maurice Leon Livingston of Marshall, Illinois. Son-in-law of Katherine Conway of New York City and Robert W. Boyd of Webster, New York. Stepson-in-law of Diane Boyd and John D. Roy.
Born in Indiana, raised in Illinois, he lives in New York with his wife, who is an English teacher, and their two girls.