OLD MAN AND THE SEA BY GUY HARVEY

Guy Harvey draws upon a degree in marine biology from Aberdeen University, a doctorate in fishery management from the University of the West Indies, and his childhood experiences growing up in Jamaica in order to capture the beauty and majesty of ocean life.

The artist was born in Bad Lippspringe, Germany, the son of a Gunnery Officer in the British Army. His English ancestors immigrated to Jamaica in 1664, making him a 10th generation Jamaican of English heritage.

He spent much of his time fishing and exploring nature with his family, and distinctly recalls his mother hooking a blue marlin. His love of depicting nature surfaced during boarding school, where he often sketched birds and fish.

Harvey’s art career took off in 1985 with a one-man exhibit, where he featured 44 original works based on Ernest Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea.” Three years later, Harvey became one of the world’s top saltwater game fish artists. 

Alongside his artwork, Harvey is a scientist, conservationist, diver and angler in support of “catch and release” fishing practices. His Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation supports research and educational programs to protect marine environments.

Harvey took his passion to the small screen, producing a syndicated TV show, “Guy Harvey’s Portraits of the Deep,” that blends sports fishing with education, and a series of Guy Harvey Expedition documentaries.

Harvey has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the New Orleans Grand Isle Fishing Tournament’s Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (2004), The International Game Fish Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), and most recently, the Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership (2014).

Harvey and his family live in Grand Cayman where he maintains an art studio and gallery.