Andrew 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 he went to Salisbury Art College where he 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, he was initially refused, but not to be defeated he spent the next year working as a domestic assistant and cleaner at Cold Harbour Hospital for the Mentally Challenged in Sherborne, Dorset, work that he found very rewarding. During this time that work supported him whilst he created a new portfolio, in 1979 he reapplied for a place at Reigate and was accepted to begin specialised studies in 1980. In 1983 he 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 he was 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 he began taking commissions from further afield and has continued to do so. In 1996 he wrote and illustrated the Pitkin guide, 'Coats of Arms' and in that same year 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 he 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. He was a Founding Craft member of the Society of Heraldic Arts in Dorset and has been a past Chairman of that society. He has taught various summer school courses at Dillington House, Somerset, Buckfast Abbey, Devon and Sherborne Arts Centre, Dorset. He has even taught the King of Swaziland hand writing when His Majesty attended King's School, Sherborne.
After some time living in England and the USA, he is now based in Scotland in a small fishing village in the ancient Kingdom of Fife with his wife Angie, who he first met at High School in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. He has two grown children, Kate, a naval historian and Richard, a qualified yacht skipper, who is currently learning the ancient craft of thatching. When not painting and illuminating, he enjoys walking with Angie and his faithful hound Bonnie Dundee, as well as cooking, taking photographs, 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. His other passion is the life and times of King Richard III.
The Armorial Bearings of Andrew Stewart Jamieson