Artists showcase work at Bay Point Invitational

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

"I've got the easy part. I just paint!"

Nestled in the crowd of thousands at the Baypoint Invitational Billfish Tournament, is artist Larry Rackley.

"There's nothing better than being on the docks, painting and just talking with people. It's just everybody shares the same passion," said Artist Larry Rackley.

A passion Rackley likes to call a blessed lifestyle these days. After his time in the U.S. Marine Corps, he decided it was time to brand his love of fishing and the outdoors.

"While I was in the Marine Corps I had 8 years to kind of concept and visualize building a brand, a lifestyle that in my opinion, was the ultimate blessing. Which is all of this right here," said Rackley.

An abstract artist, Rackely travels the world to billfish series and boat shows.

"Once I have something in my mind I want people to be able to see things how I see it. Instead of just replicating each scale on every fish or this and that," said Rackley.

His goal each time he puts a brush to the canvas: put a little color in people's lives.

"The world is already full of a bunch of negativity and darkness so I like to brighten up and try to use my art to make an impact and brighten up people. When it's hanging on their wall it's something to say hey, wow, you know it's going to be a good day," said Rackley.

If you missed Larry Rackley at this weekend's tournament, you can check out his work at

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