From a very early age Andy shared a passion for art with his twin brother Paul. In 1987 he decided to pursue painting full time and at the age of 17 he undertook a10 year project to develop his work through self-directed study. Winning the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 helped bring his work to a much wider audience and with election to the RP four years later Andy was able to establish himself fully as a portrait painter. Further exposure came from a successful appearance in BBC 1’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris. Andy was elected Vice–President of the RP in 2008.