2016 © Kelly Reark, GASPARILLA ISLAND. Acrylic on Turtle mount.
2017 © Kelly Reark, SHALLOW BONES. Acrylic on Bonefish mount
Boca Grande history spanning more than 100 years captured on this mega tarpon. See this family story come to life with a few surprises. NOW PLAYING: Close-up images and a time-lapse series of videos of this work in progress on my Instagram!
2014 © Kelly Reark, PSYCHO TARPON. UV Acrylic on Tarpon mount
I began creating fiberglass fish mounts in 2009. In the years that followed, they have become increasingly popular. Each mount is one-of-a-kind: no prints or carbon copies here! I work directly with the client on each mount, determining what types of subjects to use and what colors will tell their unique story. Most people allow me full creativity with the design. I love to use personal photographs so that each individual memory can be captured into this unique medium.
Some of my mounts have been auctioned. One of these iconic auction pieces hangs in Hudson's Grocery Store in Boca Grande. The scenes are all from the island's rich history and include the train and train station, lighthouses, the well-known pink gas pump and even a golf cart along with island flora and fauna.
Tarpon continue to be the mount of choice, however there are so many fish species and so many sizes to choose from. The direction they are facing is up to you, as is the overall size, the species and the subject matter. Due to the special nature of this medium and process, there are seldom any mounts available that are purchase-ready. Most are created as custom orders, to the specifications of the client.
Some of the mounts have been wildly colorful. I created a fantastic UV light sensitive mount that absolutely glows under blacklights. Details invisible in daylight come alive with the specialty lighting. Even the eye was a hand-created glowing design. It was probably one of my most colorful and playful pieces to date.
My trademark and most popular canvas style using earthy sepia tones has also become my most popular fish mount style. The sepia tones work so well with any decor that these look great in an island home, or a corporate office. Many people say that they have a scrimshaw or wood burning art effect that creates the perfect conversation starter in a cigar room or study! Latest works in progress with video are on Instagram and Facebook.
When you are ready to order yours, please contact me directly.
All turtles and shells are fiberglass impressions molded from real sea turtles, made with special licensing and permitting in conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, MOTE Marine Lab and/or Florida Aquarium.
2017 © Kelly Reark, KEY WEST TREASURES. Acrylic on Permit mount
"Bahamas Royalty" was purchased in 2017 with proceeds to the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. My 34" permit features the royalty of the Caribbean: Queen Angelfish, Silver Kings, Queen Conch, Queen Triggerfish and more.
... AND THIS IS WHAT THE UV TARPON LOOKS LIKE UNDER UV BLACK LIGHTING
2010 © Kelly Reark, GRANDE REFLECTIONS. Acrylic on Tarpon mount
CUSTOM MOUNT II WITH FISHING PORTRAIT, BOAT AND REDFISH CATCH
2017 © Kelly Reark, MEGALOPS ATLANTICUS. Acrylic on Tarpon mount
"Full Moon June - the perfect tarpon moon - was inspired by my father's most favorite moonlit drift. Light reflects off the tarpon, surrounded by notes and sketches from a field journal."
"King Adore" was purchased from the Boca Grande Child Care Center auction in March 2018. My 56" tarpon mount fetched an auction price of $4,400.
CUSTOM SEPIA TONED MOUNT FOR BOCA GRANDE PATRON, FEATURING THEIR HOME
THIS IS WHAT THE UV TARPON LOOKS LIKE IN REGULAR INDOOR LIGHTING
Fish mounts are available in many sizes and species. Each one that I create is to your specifications. I would enjoy talking with you about how I can create your unique piece. Send me a message or call me for additional information. Thanks!
Below with Kelly: In this stunning tribute to Boca Grande and the Charlotte Harbor fishery, I married a full color canvas, surrealistic elements, realistic turtle and various map elements. Close-up images and a time-lapse series of videos is on my Instagram.
2017 © Kelly Reark, JOHNSON SHOALS. Acrylic on Tarpon mount