Gerald Harvey Jones, better known as G. Harvey, was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1933. His childhood was the stuff of legends of the American West: his grandfather was a trail boss in the Texas hill country, inspiring his grandson with tales of the dusty trails to Kansas and life on the frontier. The inspiration from these early memories became the subjects of his paintings that have led him to become one of the most successful and beloved artists of this genre.
G. Harvey’s early interest in art began by simply drawing the people and places he encountered. Eventually, he found his passion in oil paints. After graduating from North Texas State University, he taught at the University of Texas (Austin), but found little time to truly enjoy his craft. Thus, in 1963, Gerald Harvey Jones left his teaching post and devoted himself to a career as a full-time painter. It wasn’t long before his efforts were recognized. In just two years, his first major art exhibition brought great praise, and shortly thereafter, the American Artist’s Professional League honored G. Harvey with the esteemed New Master’s Award (1965). Moreover, G. Harvey found fans in high places: then governor of Texas, John Connally, as well as fellow Texan President Lyndon B. Johnson were both admirers of his work.
Drawing from the scenic beauty of his native state, Gerald Harvey Jones evokes the spirit of America through the illustrations of days gone by. Whether depicting breathtaking landscapes or a bustling city street from the turn of the century, his imagery records our history with fond reflection and technical brilliance. Part firsthand knowledge and part creation from memory, the skillful use of lighting and contrast in his paintings are full of energy and emotion. A subtly out-of-focus style imparts a dream-like quality befitting of the imagery of the past. Our national heritage lives through his art.
The captivating works of G. Harvey have consistently contributed to sold-out shows and further awards. In 1991 he was honored with three exhibitions in Washington, D.C.: at the National Archives (Civil War era paintings), at the Treasury Department (depictions of prominent D. C. landmarks), and at the Smithsonian Institution (as a part of “The All American Horse”). His painting also graced the cover of the Smithsonian’s 150th anniversary book. His work can be found in many important collections worldwide, from corporations to museums to foreign leaders.
Gerald Harvey Jones continues to paint today in his hometown of Fredericksburg, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Pat.