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ROFFS Press Release
Press Release – November 16, 2017
Kelly Reark Wins Artist of the Year for 2017-2018
At ROFFS™ we annually select an artist that we would like to feature as our “Artist of the Year.” The purpose of this honor is to develop a mutually beneficial relationship with relatively new and up and coming artists in the marine community. We select artists based on a variety of objective and subjective criteria. Previous recipients have been Don Ray, Steve Goione, Cary Chen, Kevin Brant, Barry Barnett, Daniel Jean-Baptiste, Mark Ray, Tony Ludovico, Judy Shillingburg, Larry Rackley, David Mellor, Dustin Cole, Dennis Friel and Adrian Gray. This year the ROFFS™ “artist of the year 2017-2018” is Kelly Reark of Gulf Cove Studio, Port Charlotte, FL
We hope that it will promote the artist and their art in that our web visitors will tell other people about the art and generate sales for the artist. We hope the samples of their art will make our website a more interesting place to visit. ROFFS™ does not get a commission or any direct financial benefit from this. We do not charge any fee for anything or ask for commission on any sales we bring to the artist. Any sales derived from our “Artist of the Year” site belong to the artist. We will not take orders, but instead refer people to the artist’s website directly. Go first to the ROFFS™ website, https://www.roffs.com/about-roffs/roffs-artist-of-the-year/ and then go to Kelly’s website to see more of her work. Think about how you can use her art at home and office, as well as, for creating new trophies and other awards. Those customized fish molds would be great to use as would her paintings.
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.”
Local Artist Kelly Reark on Conservation and Remembering That One Great Catch
Click through Kelly Reark’s online gallery and you will find yourself in a South Florida ocean scene: canvas, silk, and fish mounts show bright renditions of turtles, flats fishermen, sea horses, and—of course—bonefish, tarpon, and permit.
Kelly’s Florida roots go back several generations. As a child, she developed an interest in the local wildlife while hunting and fishing with her family. She attended the University of Miami and upon graduating in 2002, moved to Boca Grande where her father ran a tarpon fishing charter. Eight years later, Kelly started her career as a professional artist. She began experimenting with different media and color combinations, even adding her “trademark” style to three-dimensional fish mounts. Someone asked Kelly to paint a mount and, saying, “I’ll paint on anything!” she watched a rush of similar orders come in. The mounts have “this nostalgic quality to them, but they’re sti…
What Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament means ...For more than a decade, my mom and I fished the Ladies Day Tarpon Tournamenttogether in Boca Grande Pass aboard my dad's boat - the SALTY CRACKER. Mom and I love fishing, and it is something many mother-daughter teams share in this particular tournament.
Ladies Day has traditionally been fished on Mother's Day weekend because it is the one weekend during tarpon season when captains would reserve a tide and take their spouses and daughters out on the water to have a family day instead of taking a charter. In the beginning we were all just out there together, taunting and fishing and waiving to the other women in the Pass. Through the hard work of some very special ladies, the first official tournament was fished in 1990.
Forward, 27 years later, there is as much camaraderie and competition as ever. There are great prizes and shenanigans too. It's the one big tournament where female anglers flood Boca Grande Pass to raise the mighty …
Days of sketching later, I settle on my idea and got to work with the paint. My process is to sketch multiple views of each creature or landmark. Then I use transparent paper to make an outline and work out the best placement on the fish mount. Many of my sketches and images are saved for another project because my ideas are usually too many for one fish mount.
The next step is to antique the areas that I want to give that "old paper" look and to paint the sepia features. I st…