Carlitta Harvey grew up on a cotton farm in Fabens, Texas, and frequently spent time in Las Cruces, New Mexico visiting relatives as a young girl. A professional landscape architect, she has always appreciated the natural landscape of the Rio Grande Valley, including its flora, fauna, agriculture, people, and architecture. Carlitta has always considered the Valley home, and now lives in Mesilla, New Mexico.
Carlitta earned a BS in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and is still working in that field when she is not painting. Having painted in Julie Ford Oliver’s “Artist’s Guild” and Carolyn Bunch’s “Bunch Bunch,” Carlitta has shown at the Branigan Cultural Center, the Tombaugh, and the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also had a watercolor entered into the El Paso Art Association show as a sponsored entry by Sierra Medical Center. Carlitta’s art is currently showing at the prestigious Cutter Gallery in Las Cruces, where eleven of her new works will be on display until August 4, 2009.
Carlitta is married to E.P. (Phillip) Harvey, Jr., of El Paso. They ranched in the Tularosa basin for 11 years, raising registered Hereford cattle, before moving to the Las Cruces area and going into the carwash business. Phillip and Carlitta have three children, Elizabeth Abrams (married to Matt Abrams), E.P. (Phil) Harvey III (married to Charity Higby), and Margaret Harvey.