Poster girl: Artist travels long road to win Seafood Festival competition


Sara Lierly has been painting for only five years. She hopes winning the Destin Seafood Festival poster competition will be a milestone in her career.

Kathy Harrison
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 02:40 PM.

Artist Sara Lierly envisioned a boardwalk made of waves of piano keys and lined with flower beds full of shrimp and crabs, tiny fishing vessels and pop-up tents on the edge of emerald water, under skies of blue, rose and yellow.

The inspiration for Lierly's image was the Destin Seafood Festival, and the painting she created will serve as the official poster for the event this year. Relatively new to the full-time art business, Lierly hopes the poster will serve as a major milestone in her career.

Lierly began painting in 2008. It would take years of battling with alcohol and creative blocks before she learned to open herself to a higher creativity that would take her artwork to a level worthy of a full-time career. 


A Destin destiny

Lierly grew up in Sapulpa, Okla., a suburb of Tulsa. She always felt an energy pulling her away from her hometown, but it wasn't until her first visit to the Emerald Coast at age 16 that Lierly knew where the tug was leading her.

"I remember feeling like I'd come home to a place I’d never been before, and promptly informed Mom that I would move here someday," Lierly wrote in a bio for her Etsy webpage.

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