Born Gerald Harvey in 1933 in San Antonio, Texas, G. Harvey's interest in the world of art began at a very young age. Inspired by the rugged Texas landscape that he called home, Harvey began what would eventually become a phenomenal art career by creating simple drawings and sketches of the places and people he encountered from day to day. G. Harvey later put down his pencil and developed a zeal for painting in oils.
Shortly following the completion of his degree and graduating from North Texas State University, G. Harvey accepted a full-time job at the University of Texas in Austin. After only a short time there, Harvey realized that the time-consuming schedule of his career was leaving little time for him to do what he truly loved—paint. As a result, in 1963, G. Harvey decided to quit his job and fully devote himself to his passion of creating art.
Just two short years later, G. Harvey was already hearing the praises of the art world after exhibiting in his first major art show. Shortly there after, The Grand National exhibition in New York and the American Artists' Professional League presented G. Harvey with their highly prestigious New Master's Award. Some of Harvey's early fans included then Texas Governor John Connally and fellow Texan President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Over the course of the past five decades, the magnificent works of G. Harvey have continued to captivate and inspire people across the United States and around the world. Whether it's a glistening turn-of-the-century city street scene, a breathtaking landscape, a Western or Civil War scene—each story G. Harvey tells is always abundantly clear. Unseen emotions such as courage, determination, faith, pride and compassion are remarkably conveyed with Harvey's stunning use of lighting and contrast.
Like no other artist of his time, G. Harvey has an extraordinary way of using his art to take us back to a day when people didn't think twice about leaving their front doors unlocked and neighbors were always ready to lend a helping hand. Harvey makes us truly feel and appreciate the tranquility of these simpler times. G. Harvey's gift to us is a gentle escape from the frenzied pace of our busy everyday days, offering a time for us to fondly reflect on days gone by.
Today, G. Harvey lives with his wife Pat in the historic district of Fredericksburg, Texas, where he continues to create his spectacular works of art.