March 1st 1955 – August 16th 2012

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Talented artist Andrew McNab, who studied at the Royal College of Art, has died, aged 57.

He was born at St Brenda's Maternity Hospital in Clifton, Bristol, on March 1, 1955. He went to Christ Church School then Bristol Cathedral School, where he was head choirboy.

After an art foundation course at Weston College, he did a degree at Kingston-Upon-Thames, before studying at the Royal College of Art. Andrew's creativity was inspired by his grandmother Winnie Catford who was a talented artist. By the age of ten his talent was already beginning to shine and he won a Blue Peter national art competition.

He went on to have an accomplished and successful career as a freelance graphic artist, working for companies including Crabtree & Evelyn, Waitrose, botanical and floral commissions for Mallett's in London, and working at the Walt Disney animation studios in London and Paris. Painting backgrounds for films, his work was featured in Duck Tales: The Movie.

His family and friends will miss his calm, kind and peaceful nature. His mother, Lorna, 81, whom Andrew lovingly looked after in recent years, said: "We're all very, very proud of him. He was so talented, kind and compassionate. Andrew was always thinking ahead, planning what his next painting could be."

Andrew was also a keen gardener - he had worked at Hampton Court. Geography interested him and crosswords engrossed him. He also leaves sister Kate, nephew Daniel, and niece Jo. Kate said: "Andrew swam like a dream, he danced the Lindyhop with style and painted like an Old Master. Everything he put his mind to he did with excellence."

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