Fred Krakowiak, wildlife artist and motivational speaker, realized his passion for painting as well as his genuine love for the animal kingdom after his first visit to the zoo at the age of five with his grandfather. His work is all about spontaneity and movement, believing that no creature alive sits completely still to have their portrait painted. Krakowiak is recognized as an Africa safari travel expert for those interested in undertaking an unscripted adventure and his presentations are as breath taking as his experiences. He envisions Africa with the artist eye and his artwork is commissioned internationally by both private and corporate collectors.
Cecil the Lion
This year’s heartbreaking death of “Cecil”, the Zimbabwe lion, caused an international outrage. Ironically, the film “Bambi” released in 1942, had a similar effect. Remember when Bambi’s mother was shot and killed by a hunter leaving the young fawn alone and vulnerable in the forest? It was as much a lurid cinema moment then as Cecil is today. Read More
Paul Gauguin “I shut my eyes to see”
It is said that once you visit Africa it will always be a part of you. Truer words have never been spoken. Although many years have passed, I need only to shut my eyes to see, with all my senses, my firstnight in Africa—the hippo’s deep bellow echoing down the Zambezi River valley; the screeching fish eagles climbing into the sky, about to mate; the coarse twine-like bark of the enormous baobab tree; the sweet scent of the African bush as dusk settles over the plains; the sight of my first elephant, its enormous gray bulk moving with surprising silence through the savannah.