4′ x 5′
A lion is a majestic animal. If you are fortunate enough to see this beast in his natural habitat, on foot and close enough to witness the tone of his eyes, you will feel powerless. If he should roar, you will be shaken to the very roots of your soul.

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April 12th, 2024 - May 1st, 2024
Star Clipper Cruise Line
October 16, 2024
Armchair Travel – Coronado, CA

Wildlife artist and motivational speaker, Fred Krakowiak, realized his passion for painting as well as his genuine love for the animal kingdom after his first visit to the zoo with his grandfather at the age of five. His work is all about spontaneity and movement, believing that no creature alive sits completely still to have their portrait painted. Krakowiak is also recognized as an expert safari guide for those interested in undertaking an unscripted adventure. His presentations are as breathtaking as his experiences. He envisions Africa with the artist eye and his artwork is commissioned internationally by both private and corporate collectors.


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 and the sight of my first elephant, its enormous gray bulk moving with surprising silence through the savannah.

“Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself.”

-African Proverb