John Harvey, born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, moved to Woodstock in 1953 to teach science at Woodstock Collegiate Institute. As a primarily self-taught artist, Harvey found inspiration during his summer vacations in Northern Ontario. His style and technique are similar to that seen in works by the Group of Seven, in which he displays a shift away from naturalism and towards impressionism. This similarity can be seen in the featured painting, Precambrian, where Harvey creates a colourful display of a northern Canadian landscape. Harvey's paintings were accepted at almost all Oxford County Art Association's and the Woodstock Art Gallery's juried shows, where he was awarded Jurors' Choice in oils in 1987 and 1994. He also mounted a solo show at the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre in 1981; however, Harvey was never solely interested in a career as an artist, he painted for the pure enjoyment it brought him.