Fred Szatkowski's diversified career as an artist started in production advertising for industry and as an illustrator for ad agencies, products and services ranging from retail ads, to posters for the entertainment industry.
At the same time, Fred was fulfilling his need to "paint what I want" by creating still life subjects using opaque watercolor (gouache) with airbrush, winning numerous awards in the show circuit.
Always having an interest in nature and the outdoors, a trip to the Toronto zoo triggered a new direction in his art. This took him away from the everyday stresses of daily life; closer to the natural world, closer to God.
All Fred's art there after had nature and wildlife as his subject. He also changed his medium to acrylics with occasional pencil and pastel work.
In 1989, the Buffalo Museum of Science hired him as an Exhibits preparator, artist and designer. For 14 years, he was part of a talented exhibits team creating exhibits, murals, dioramas and illustrations for curator publications.
During the later years at the museum, Fred started painting for the licensing industry, creating wildlife oriented work for puzzles, greeting cards, home decor and various other products. Though the work was enjoyable, It involved a large degree of restrictions with subject matter, color, size, etc. "Ideas for paintings that I wanted to do were recorded in sketch books for when I had the time"
The desire to get back to painting what he wanted to paint overtook any thoughts of further licensing work, so after 16 years, Fred discontinued licensing, and is focusing on those ideas that he wants to paint, whatever it may be...from butterflies to vultures.
A signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, his work has been exhibited worldwide, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson's prestigious Birds in Art annual exhibition.