Kelly Reark, Artist

Port Charlotte, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have a background in biology and passion for my subjects. It is important to me to strive to be as accurate as my abilities allow when I am painting. People often say it feels like they can dive into my paintings. That's because the references I have are from my diving experiences.

Location

Port Charlotte, FL 33981

Years in business

16

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Kris P. Dec 4, 2015
    Illustrating
    Verified Review
    Kelly delivered excellent work on a very tight schedule.
  • Lynette I. Oct 20, 2015
    Muralist
    Verified Review
    Kelly painted a wall mural for us in our home. She collaborated with us in what we were looking for in the content of the mural and offered great ideas. She is extremely knowledgeable of local wildlife and stays true to what each "critter" should look like. The end product is absolutely gorgeous, and we love it! Kelly is unbelievably talented, and it was a pleasure to have her in our home for a week.
  • Kay R. Jun 11, 2015
    I've known Kelly all my life and she has worked on many projects. The latest project she did got me was painting out new steel front door (inside and out) at out a Tavern. It is awesome. Check it out at Wild Turkey Taven Facebook page
  • Watson W. Jun 11, 2015
    Kelly is an extremely talented artist as well as a very skilled Photoshop/Adobe professional. I am thoroughly satisfied with all of the work she has provided for me and my clients. Kelly pays very close to details and goes beyond what is asked for. I haven't found anything she can't do! Be sure to check out her Beautiful Murals and Graphic Design work.

Q&A

What types of customers have you worked with?
I do custom fine art. I really enjoy putting in the personal touches specific to the experience of my client. The painted fish mounts are some of my very special pieces. They cannot be reproduced, so clients have something really unique.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Artists seldom will quote an hourly rate as an estimate for their work. Art jobs have a lot of variables, so pricing a job is an individualized task. Work with your artist to let them know what you want, and then discuss time, materials, and preservation of the work. All factor in to the total job cost. And don't be afraid to ask questions! You might be surprised to learn that the work you want is more affordable than you think. A good example is with a mural job. Painting on smooth stucco is so much easier than painting on thickly textured stucco. A smooth surface can lower the job cost considerably.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A lot of requests say "looking for a painter" and I usually won't respond to those requests unless there is a detailed description of what the potential client is looking for. In the eyes of an artist, a painter is just a house painter and not an artist. I am not a painter. I am an artist. Often people looking for painters do not value the time, skill or expertise that an artist provides. Make sure you give us enough details when putting in your quote request! Thanks!