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Entertain, Inspire, Inform

Robin Knox-Johnston, an inspiring sailor, a real man, a role model, a film worth watching? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdIIYr1GdIs&feature=emb_share.

I feel honoured to have been commissioned to make #paintings 3 times, “Roaring Forties“, “The Clipper Way” and “Dumra departing Bombay“.

I produced prints for the first two paintings made for Sir Robin #Knox#Johnston which we both signed [a few copies are still available], and I am proud to be considered one of his friends.

‘Roaring Forties’ as framed

Roaring Forties” subsequently is and continues to be reproduced in journals world wide and is a proven influential painting.

Robin still is a considerable influence and benefit for many lives, mine included.

Some years ago Robin and I were discussing our roles in life.

Robin and me…

One of my best clients who has become a good friend said to me when considering his first of many commissions “if you are good enough for Robin Knox-Johnston you are good enough for me” [J.Leeson].

In conversation years ago at #Plymouth with Robin I mentioned the difficulties of being an artist with a growing demanding family.

He said, “we have to be who we are. I could have made much more money in the city [of London] but I have to be an adventurer, a sailor. You have to be an artist, get on with it“.

As you know, I’ve take his advice to heart.


My aim is as stated on this web site “To Entertain, Inform, Inspire”.

Robin Knox-Johnston collecting his third painting

The price has been and still is very high and yet it’s a great adventure which I hope leaves this world a slightly better place.



Of course I have regrets.

I think any reasonable, sensitive person has regrets, we just don’t wallow in them, we learn from them.

I regret among other things not having been able to take up Robin’s offer to sail with him on ‘Suhali’.

You will find the signed prints on my page Marine art Prints

Each print is hand crafted to the highest specification, prices are excellent value, currently starting very modestly from £or € 167. inc P & P.

[This Gordon Frickers, art signature is on all my more recent paintings]

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