Richard Harvey grew up in Arizona surrounded by mountains and deserts. As a young adult he moved to Los Angeles, California, and attended and graduated from the Art Center College of Design.
Upon graduating he relocated to New York City and began a career as a free lancer creating illustrations and graphic designs for many major magazines, designing and illustrating many album covers and book jackets, as well as advertising.
He was selected to judge several Society of Illustrators shows in Manhattan, and also other shows pertaining to the advertising field that were held in Westchester County in New York, and was invited as a guest speaker at art clubs and schools. His varied career includes teaching high school drawing classes (while attending the Art Center College of Design) and college and university level drawing and painting class after graduating.
After a long career as a freelance designer and as a creative director in advertising/illustration art, he retired and relocated to Florida to be nearer to the ocean and islands that he loves. His preferred subjects to paint are the people and views that can be found in Southwest Florida and the Caribbean. He shows his love of nature and outdoors in the majority of his paintings.