Andrew was born into the art world of mid sixties London. A sensitive child inspired by art and poetry he learnt to draw in his father’s studio. He was prodigious. When Andrew was 12, Bernie Fuchs, at that time America’s foremost Illustrator, spoke to Andrew’s father offering to take Andrew to New York to attend art school, promising to keep him under his wing. Andrew did not go. At age 16 he began to concentrate on music. He also left school and worked as a General Labourer. He went on to work as a Decorator and General Builder and then a Hod Carrier. At 20 he left the Building site and began to perform in Jazz guitar duos in Central London. In a desire to further his study and work as a musician he put together an audition tape and applied for a place at music school in Hollywood CA USA.
Age 21, after being offered a place, he moved to Hollywood California to attend music school. He graduated with honours. After music school Andrew spent an extended period moving between London and Los Angeles. Teaching music in London and playing in bands and session work in Los Angeles. He then settled in Los Angeles and formed his own band and continued to develop his love of Poetry. In Los Angeles he also painted figurative and abstract wall hangings, furniture and images directly onto walls for high profile LA clients including the Japanese artist Yamagata.
Returning to London in 1995 he continued with his music, writing and decorative work. In ’97 he briefly returned to Los Angeles but after a few months decided to leave L.A. behind and settle in London.
Back in London he studied Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and has worked as a therapist for over 20 years. Andy studied Traditional Astrology extensively. His articles on astrology have been widely published and he is the author of the book, The Pattern of Time. He also studied Logic, Metaphysics, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Moral Philosophy and the History of Religious Art. During this time, in his art, Andy had turned from abstract to figurative in order to translate the images he saw in his mind into external reality. His work explores the themes of time, journey, and the unconscious. This search for artistic expression found him researching traditional methods, making his own paints and materials in an effort to more truthfully depict his vision. Inspired by poetry and literature and the approach poetry uses to illuminate the essential truths in life he concentrates on creating images that fuse moment, place and person and thus reflect the archetypal narrative of life. In 2008 Andrew submitted his painting Passive Lies the Clay to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. It sold within minutes of the gallery opening on Buyer’s Day. Since then his work has been shown at many galleries including The Royal Scottish Academy and his paintings are in private collections in UK, Europe, Australia, and the USA.