By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
You’ve seen his dynamic marine wildlife designs on T-shirts and license plates or on huge murals at the airport, Nova Southeastern University and the hull of the Norwegian Escape. And now you can see even more of this entrepreneur and marine biologist, considered to be the premier artist – self-taught, at that – of his kind.
Harvey, 60, will sign autographs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3-5 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where he got his start 30 years ago. His ninth annual Ocean Foundation Banquet is the same weekend, on Nov. 5. Also a recent exclusive partnership with SeaWorld has him making appearances at the Orlando park and painting a signature mural for its new Mako Roller Coaster.
Visit guyharvey.com for more on his art, merchandise, World Headquarters in Fort Lauderdale and Research Institute at Nova Southeastern University.
Q. Aside from the weather, what do you enjoy most about South Florida?
A. The fishing, of course!
Q. Aside from the weather, what do you dislike most about South Florida?
A. The traffic.
Q. When in your life are you or have you been the happiest?
A. Always when I am out on the water with my family.
Q. What music are you listening to now?
A. I was born and lived most of my life in Jamaica, so Bob Marley is always on my playlist. The Eagles and Alan Jackson are two of my favorites.
Q. Are you a fan, and if so, of what?
A. I am a huge fan of all types of sport – football, cricket, rugby and squash.
Q. Do you do social media?
A. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at
Q. Who is your real-life hero?
A. My mother. She was a fantastic angler and helped me catch my first blue marlin. She was a tremendous artist, as well.
Q. If you had to choose: Rocky
or Raging Bull?
A. I like Raging Bull, and even named one of my paintings by the same name; but Rocky is one of my favorite movies ever.
Q. What vehicle are you driving now?
A. A white Ford F-150 pickup.
Q. What do you like most about yourself?
A. The animals I work with can be difficult to find and catch, so my patience can be a virtue.
Q. What places in South Florida do you recommend to guests visiting from
A. The unique ecosystems South Florida has. The coral reefs are full of life and unlike anything else found in America.
Q. What do you consider your
A. My children, by far. I am very proud of the young adults that Jessica and Alex have become.
Q. If you could change one thing
about yourself, what would it be?
A. A set of gills would certainly help!
Guy Harvey will meet fans and autograph merchandise at the 57th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 3), through Saturday (Nov. 5), at the Guy Harvey Stand, Booth 28, Main Tent, north of the Bahia Mar Hotel.