Like many artists, Harley began his early years with a keen interest in drawing, encouraged by his creative and artistic family. His undergraduate degree in Art is from the University of Pennsylvania, and after embarking on a very different career path in industrial sales, he returned to art as a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. There he was exposed to the teaching of Arthur DeCosta, who provided an excellent foundation for Harley’s advancements in fine art. Jeffrey Greene of Evergreene Architectural Arts provided additional experience for Harley in the field of decorative arts. Further decorative work with artist Richard Haas lead to the execution of large scale exterior Trompe l’oeil murals on buildings around the country.
Currently working from his own studio in Rhode Island, Harley continues to take on mural commissions from nationally known design firms, as well as portrait commissions. His landscape paintings of marine, sporting life, and pastoral scenes frequent galleries around New England and are in numerous private collections.