Silk Paintings by Florida Wildlife Artist Kelly Reark

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In 2013, Kelly Reark expanded her fine art to include one-of-a-kind silk art. 

The process begins with washing and drying the silk using a special product that dissolves oils, dirt and silk gum left behind by the silk worms.  While the silk dries, Kelly sketches the subject matter for the piece.  Images designed for silk are much different than for canvas.  The images must be designed in a way to prevent bleeding of the dyes into other areas of the silk.  More detailed work is much more difficult and provides ample opportunity for error ... and with silk there is no process for removal once dye has touched virgin white silk.

When the washed silk is nearly dry, Kelly irons it and prepares it for the loom.  The art must be transferred onto the raw silk, stretched on the loom, and then traced with a liquid resist. Several hours later, the resist is dry and the silk is ready for dye.

Each piece is hand painted by Kelly, and is an individual, unique painting ... NOT a stamp or screen.  These cannot be mass-produced! 

Several steps follow the dye process, and involve color setting, ironing, and finishing.  Enjoy these silk paintings as scarves, table runners, wall hangings, or frame them as the one-of-a-kind artwork that they are! If you would like a catalog of designs, please use the contact form or call Kelly to request one.

Silk Art Video from Kelly's YouTube channel:


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Tarpon-themed silk painting

Silk Paintings are available directly from Kelly Reark.

Please contact Kelly for photos, or to request

a special design or color palette.


Kelly Reark silk art

Sample of Kelly's silk art on the loom

Kelly Reark silk art

Boca Grande and tarpon-themed silk painting


 silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Turtle at one end of a silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Boca Grande and tarpon-themed silk painting


 silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Seashell and frangipani (plumeria) silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Snook tumbling silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Great blue heron silk painting


tropical flowers silk 

Tropical flowers silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Tarpon-themed Silk Painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Tarpon-themed Silk Painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Florida bird-themed silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Florida birds silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Gulf beach collection silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Dragonfly silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Unpainted silk on the loom


silk by Kelly Reark

Wild horses silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Flamingo dance silk painting


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Flock of flamingos silk painting

 


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Hot Air Balloons over Lake Tahoe silk painting

(several photos stitched together)

 

silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Silk painting in process on the loom

 

silk by Kelly Reark

silk painting of Sea Turtles with gold metallic resist

 

silk by Kelly Reark

silk painting drying on the loom (Sea Turtles with gold resist)

 


silk by Kelly Reark

Rolling Tarpon silk painting

 


silk by Kelly Reark

Rolling tarpon silk painting

 


silk by Kelly Reark

"Tarpon Textile" copyright (C) 2013 Kelly Reark

 


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Tarpon Textile silk painting

 


silk scarf by Kelly Reark

Assortment of silk paintings

 


silk by Kelly Reark

Tarpon Textile / "You Are What You Eat" silk painting

 silk painting of Boca Grande lighthouse by Kelly Reark

Sea Turtles and Boca Grande Lighthouse silk painting

 lillies

Stargazer lilly silk painting

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Birds of Paradise silk painting

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Birds of Paradise silk painting (alternate view)

   

Welcome to the artwork of coastal Florida wildlife artist and native Floridian, Kelly Reark ... 
"Artwork Inspired by Nature."
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