I am an international heraldic artist based in Scotland. My journey began when I was born in the London Borough of Bermondsey in 1961 later moving to England's West Country and then to the USA. After attending schools in England and America I went to Salisbury Art College where I undertook a Pre B.A. Foundation Course in Art and Design. In applying for a place on the only course of it's kind in the world at Reigate School of Art in Surrey, I was initially refused, but not to be defeated I spent the next year working as a domestic assistant and cleaner at Cold Harbour Hospital for the Mentally Challenged in Sherborne, Dorset, work that I found very rewarding. During this time that work supported me whilst I created a new portfolio, in 1979 I reapplied for a place at Reigate and was accepted to begin specialised studies in 1980. In 1983 I graduated with a first class honours diploma in Heraldry, Calligraphy and Illumination, having achieved one of the highest marks in the history of the course.
Between 1983 and 1995 I worked as a freelance heraldic artist for the College of Arms in London, working for various Heralds, Pursuivants and Kings of Arms including Sir Conrad Swan KCVO and Sir Walter Verco KCVO. At the same time I began taking commissions from further afield and I have continued to do so. In 1996 I wrote and illustrated the Pitkin guide, 'Coats of Arms' and in that same year incredibly was recognised as a 'Master' heraldic artist by the Canadian Heraldic Authority in Ottawa. Elected a brother of the Artworkers Guild in London in 2002, in 2011 I was invited to become a scribe and illuminator for Her Majesty's Crown Office at the House of Lords, writing and illuminating vellum letters patent issued under the Great Seal of the Realm. I am a Founder and an Artist Companion of the Confraternity of Our Lady, St. Luke and the White Shield, I was a Founding Craft Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts in Dorset and have been a past Chairman of that society. I have taught various summer school courses at Dillington House, Somerset, Buckfast Abbey, Devon and Sherborne Arts Centre, Dorset. I even taught the King of Swaziland hand writing when he attended King's School, Sherborne.
After some time living in England and the USA, I am now living happily in Scotland in a small fishing village in the ancient Kingdom of Fife with my wife Angie, who I first met at High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. I have two wonderful children, Kate, a naval historian and Richard, a qualified yacht skipper and a master thatcher. When not painting and illuminating, I enjoy walking with Angie and my faithful hound Bonnie Dundee, as well as cooking, taking photographs, fine art painting, listening to music and studying the works of the Flemish Primitives, British landscape artists, the designs and art of William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Augustus Pugin, John William Waterhouse and William Burgess. My other curious passion is the life and times of King Richard III.
The Armorial Bearings of Andrew Stewart Jamieson HND Hons.(Calligraphy, Heraldry and Manuscript Illumination), CAWS as recorded in the Register of All Arms and Bearings of Scotland. The arms were granted by Warrant of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, Edinburgh, Scotland 2021. Shown here within the Collar of the Confraternity of Our Lady, Saint Luke and the White Shield