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ABOUT ME

Award-winning marine artist Kelly Reark draws much of her inspiration from fishing in Boca Grande and Chokoloskee. Growing up in an adventurous family provided endless opportunities while fishing and hunting to explore her native Florida. What started as poking about oyster bars and mud flats grew into her degree from the University of Miami.
Pursuing her creative passion, Kelly uses her art and marine biology background together to advocate for sustainability, ecosystem management, and conservation of resources. “My mission is to motivate people to think about what they do, and act accordingly to preserve creatures and habitats for the enjoyment of all,” Kelly explains, “Borrowing the earth from our future is a phrase that has taken on an even deeper meaning since having my own boys.”
Kelly's work is both bright and nostalgic for that reason. She paints silks, creates "tattooed" fiberglass fish and paints traditional canvas works. The tattooed pieces are an indelible reminder that the permanence of our unique wildlife depends on the effectiveness of our efforts to be sustainable and responsible.  Kelly has created work on many species from sea turtles to bonefish. Tarpon continue to be the most popular mount. Sepia toned paintings and fish mounts have become her sought-after trademark style. “Sepia tones look like woodcarving or scrimshaw in the way that I apply the paint,” Kelly says, “And I like the challenge of incorporating full color expressions of light, water and texture with that timeless style.”
Since 2002, Kelly has exhibited work in conjunction with fishing tournaments, galleries, invitational or juried fine art festivals and more. You’ve seen her artwork represent Harley-Davidson, the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament. Her work has been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and is on display in both private collections and public spaces.



KELLY REARK
941.268.7876
The BRC Group LLC
BOCA GRANDE, FL  33921



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VIP EMAIL SIGNUP LINK

There have been multiple asks for a link to my VIP email signup form.
Here is the link!
Thank you for your interest in my artwork. The VIP Patrons on my list enjoy advance access to new artwork. Art Launches happen as I complete new artwork. I can't pre-schedule my creative process! My art is in demand and many times the originals sell to my VIP Patrons before ever being released to the public market. This is the singular best way to see all of my new art and have a shot at purchasing it. 
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Are those tarpon scales real silver?It sure would seem that way! Congratulations to Alex Shouppe's team on the HEY MOMA! with Captain Wayne Joiner for their $32,400 first place win in the 2017 World's Richest Tarpon Tournament. Captain Wayne also took home the Jay Joiner Memorial Belt Buckle.

The first fish caught and second place prizes went to the Wise team aboard Captain Charlie Coleman's CASUARINA. Combined winnings collected by Howard Wise's team amounted to $48,600.

Captain Nat Italiano and SPOOK hosted Howard Franklin's team. They caught the last fish of the tournament and won $27,000. Nat joked with me that their fish was probably worth about $1,500 per inch. Maybe an exaggeration, but still proving it doesn't have to be a record-setting fish to win a record-setting prize.  Goodbye, my love.
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