Story – Joseph Boyle || Photo & Videos – Mark Crowe
Recently I had the good fortune to observe Becci Crowe’s presentation to Dorothy Wilhelm’s communication and speech class at Clover Park Technical College. Becci is a renowned adventure artist, world traveler, filmmaker and conservationist.
While Becci might be thought of as one of a kind, she was quick to point out to the students that she started out like them. The first key to Becci’s accomplished life is that she clearly identifies the dreams for which she is passionate. The second key to Becci’s success is her focus on spending time and energy moving toward her dreams.
Ordinarily a guest speaker might help the students on one level. Becci was different in that she was a positive influence on the students on multiple levels.
- She demonstrated what an accomplished public speaker looks and sounds like including the use of visual aides.
- Becci imparted the idea that each student in the class could find success in accomplishing their individual dreams if they followed their passions.
- She demonstrated what a professional speaker looks like on video.
- Becci shared fascinating information about a wide range of animals both large and small found in Africa.
- She talked about conservation and the dangers elephants now face from poachers.
Becci Crowe grew up in rural Oregon spending her youth outside, in the woods and down by the river. With her strong love for animals, she planned to become a biologist, but obtained a Masters Degree in nursing instead. Seventeen years later, after working in crisis medicine all day, every day, she knew it was time to leave one thing she loved and move on towards her next passion.
Becci returned to her roots, the outdoors, animals and art. She had no plan, but subscribed to the concept, “do something; take action; get started”. She started taking college art classes and in doing so, reignited her passion for animals and art. Eventually her main expression came through an art technique known as Pointillism.
Becci takes physical risks in pursuing her passion by traveling to where the animals are in order to more effectively create her art. She and her husband, Mark Crowe, have made multiple trips to remote areas around the world including 6 of our 7 continents. Her favorite locations include Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia in South Africa.
She lives an exciting life cycle of travel, animals and art. As the public hungered for more of her work, they began to ask for video.
Ultimately Becci and Mark’s efforts led them to produce their must-see PBS documentary titled As Close AS You Dare – Africa. [See the 30-second trailer here.] The film is described as immersing the viewer in the dangers, beauty and humor of living in wild and remote Africa.
Becci’s up close experience with these animals moved her to another passion, conservation related to protecting the wildlife she films and paints. Ivory poachers are decimating elephants in Africa. At the current rate of illegal killing, there will be no elephants left after the year 2023. Becci’s web site provides information on how you can adopt an orphaned baby elephant for only $50 a year.
Becci talked to us about the great migration that operates year round starting in Serengeti National Park. Thousands of animals, including 250,000+ zebra and 1.4+ million wildebeests make a giant clockwise geographic circle of 1200 – 1800 miles in search for food, water and a safe place to give birth to their young.
The migration is full of danger brought about by river crossings with unpredictable currents, crocodile infested waters and physical exhaustion which causes some big game to drown. For those animals successful in making the river crossings, lions lie in wait.
Becci’s contact information is provided below should you wish to learn more about Becci’s passions for animals, art, public presentations or conservation. If you have a group or club that would enjoy an engrossing presentation, they will not be disappointed with an afternoon or evening with Becci Crowe.