A leading heraldic artist is bowing out after completing a presentation scroll at his studio near Sherborne.
Andrew Stewart Jamieson - who played a part in the worldwide focus on the identification of Richard III’s remains - is switching to fine art.
His final commission in heraldic art is the presentation scroll for the Templeton prize which is being awarded in London on Wednesday to Czech priest and philosopher Tomas Halik.
Andrew, whose passion for heraldic art began while he was a student at Gillingham School, has created five Templeton Prize scrolls including those presented to previous winners Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
His painting of Richard III was commissioned by the Richard III Society and unveiled at the time that the king’s bones, unearthed in a car park in Leicester, were officially identified.
His work has included all aspects of heraldry and illumination including coats of arms.
Andrew said: “I have decided to end my work as a Queen’s Scribe and so resigned my position as scribe and illuminator to the Crown Office so that I can focus all of my time on fine art.
“I am finding the process of painting completely absorbing and in many ways liberating after years spent producing commissioned work.
“Now it is thrilling to see my own visions coming to life on a canvas.
“I think I need a new challenge - exciting times!”
Andrew and his American artist wife Candice enjoy going out to villages and countryside in the area and finding inspiration for their paintings.
Candice is painting pictures that give an American’s view of England with many of her studies based on places in Somerset and Dorset.
Andrew’s father Robert, a former schoolteacher, and photographer nephew Matthew are also artists and more information can be found on their www.thejamiesonfamily.com website.