This is our version of a Norman Rockwell - our ideal drift. All boats hooked up on tarpon, a lazy sea turtle drifting in the pass, clear blue skies. This painting represented the 2022 World's Richest Tarpon Tournament in Boca Grande, Florida.
All of the winners of the 2021 tournament are featured in this painting. First place team captain Jesse Craddock and mate Kaelin Olayer on the Flyin Hawaiian with a team of Mary Brooker, Shawn Brooker, Erin Lykins and Laurie Burcaw caught the most fish as well as the first fish caught on day two and the final fish on the last day. Second place was won aboard Hey Moma! with captain Wayne Joiner, mate Brecken Stinnet and anglers Alex Shouppe, Chris Sanders, Michael Moorefield and Kevin Charlan.
First fist released on day one was by the team on Black Pearl with captain Lou Silva and anglers Robert Dinan and Aiden Silva. The last fish released on day two was by Searene, with captain Lamar Joiner Jr and anglers Clay Watkins, Ashley Watkins, Joe Guindi and Nick Morris.
Art has always been part of my life. Natural Florida was and is my playground. My parents, brother and I spent all of our free time immersed in nature; either in the woods or on the water. I paint my memories - and I hope you find your own experience alive in my art.
Announcement! The World's Richest Tarpon Tournament artwork "Silver Lining" is available as a signed poster at the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce. To purchase poster art, Tervis tumblers, or sport fishing shirts, visit https://bocagrandechamber.com/ or call 941-964-0620.
I am also releasing a limited edition of the fine art (no tournament text). The original painting is 36x48 inches. The original is available, framed ($6,000). A special edition giclée on canvas, remarked (painted on), of 10 pieces signed and numbered, in size 30x40 will be sold framed or gallery-wrapped for $900. A limited edition of 50 signed and numbered pieces in size 30x40 will be sold framed for $675. An open edition in size 18x24 will be sold framed for $350 or unframed for $100. Email me to purchase, or view available prints at WWW.BUYFISHART.COM.
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"Working with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has been a wonderful opportunity for me to connect with like-minded people and to contribute to the science and mission of BTT: Conservation through research, stewardship, education and advocacy."
This is a video of clips taken while Kelly created the artwork that was later chosen to represent the 2014 Ladies Day Tarpon Tournament in Boca Grande.
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