My art will transport you into an experience brought to life with my brush.
I'M Kelly Reark
I am an award-winning native Floridan artist inspired by my days fishing in Boca Grande and Chokoloskee. I love where I live and I love what I do. God inspires me daily in the form of the beautiful weather, landscapes and wildlife I live with. I get to spend time with my family in our garden, on the water or in the woods just like I did growing up. I get to share my inspirations with my two boys, and we get to create together. My husband and I teach our children about how important our choices are. That is why I want my art to promote sustainability and conservation of our precious ecosystems and wildlife. Through capturing my experiences in various fine art mediums, I encourage my fellow outdoorsmen to preserve resources for the enjoyment of all. Since 2002, I have exhibited work in conjunction with fishing tournaments, galleries, and invitational or juried fine art festivals. My work has been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and is on display in both private collections and public spaces.
At least ten percent of my income goes directly to funding Christian ministries. My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.
I enjoy painting bright, large-format acrylic paintings on stretched canvas, dye-painted raw silks, and watercolors on cold-pressed cotton paper. I like to capture the energy of fighting fish or the tranquility of swimming turtles through light, color and texture. My signature "Tattooed Tarpon" are fiberglass fish replicas painted with unique fish stories and landmarks.
Sepia toned paintings and "tattooed" fish mounts have become a sought-after trademark style of mine. Sepia tones painted just right will look like woodcarving or scrimshaw. Nostalgic Florida themes convey elegance and timelessness in this style.
Collecting my work supports ecosystems and education through Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and catch-and-release fishing tournaments. I have been a supporter of these and similar events through artwork and sponsorships since my 2001 debut with Tred Barta and the NC charity billfish tournaments.
Sketching with pen and ink
Part of creating a good painting is starting with a good drawing. I continually hone my drawing skills and compare my work to life models.
Painting with acrylic on fiberglass
After sanding and priming, I paint the fiberglass fish mounts with themes and fish stories told to me by the guides and anglers who experienced them.
Live Art shows
The cooler months in Florida bring outdoor fine art festivals. I have participated in these since 2001 except for a few years with young kids. Follow my social media and newsletter to know the dates.
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