He’s been a familiar sight among anglers and sportsmen for many years and now the ECBC is proud to announce that artist Larry Rackley has been named the Official Artist for this year’s tournament.
Larry’s dynamic, high-energy style of art brings sportfishing to life through the imaginative use of color as well as white space, drawn from his many years spent on the water. A definitive Southern artist, Rackley grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and spent his summers on the Gulf Coast, where he developed an intense admiration for the sea and its creatures big and small. It was the ocean that both inspires and drives him from an artistic standpoint, where he delights in showcasing the sights through his work. And while the sea may be his office, the deep woods are his retreat. When not painting, Larry can usually be found in the company of a bird dog or two, enjoying the quiet and solitude.
An important part of Larry’s work involves conservation. He donates his time and efforts each year to organizations including the Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation and of course, The Billfish Foundation.
When asked about his thoughts on being named the official artist for this year’s ECBC, Rackley says, “Sandestin is one of my favorite places in the world and it’s also home for me. I love the tournament and also the camaraderie on the docks—it’s a full week of fun and fishing and I can’t wait!”
Larry will be on hand throughout this year’s event, painting for the weigh-in crowds each afternoon and displaying some of his recent work. In addition, the ECBC will present tournament prints to each boat owner in this year’s event, while the original artwork will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefitting one of the ECBC’s many notable charities.
For more information, see Larry during the tournament or visit his website at www.larryrackley.com.