Harvey began sculpting in the jungles of Vietnam in 1968, during the Vietnam War. After watching a fellow Marine carve on rubber trees, Harvey noticed that the man was able to find some type of inner peace while creating his carvings. Searching for ways to cope during this difficult time in his life, sculpting also became an escape for Harvey. Once he returned to North Carolina after his tour of duty in Vietnam, he began to study the carvings of Ulysses Davis, an American Folk Artist. Ulysses Davis would be the true inspiration for his love of this art. Today, Harvey often is compared to Elizabeth Catlett and Ulysses Davis, two of America's premier African American wood sculptors from the 1900's.

Harvey's garage has been converted to a huge, overly crowded studio. His most stunning piece, "The Crucifix", has astonished art experts due to the transformation of a 1,860 pound piece of raw wood into the figure of Jesus on the cross. Harvey encountered a hole inside the wood at precisely the spot where the soldier's sword is said to have pierced Jesus' side during his crucifixion.

Harvey has sold several of his sculptures to collectors throughout the United States. He is also a member of the Freehanded Wood Sculptors Guild.