His early passion for art was encouraged by his father who took him on frequent trips to Kelvingrove Art Gallery where they spent hours discussing the exhibits.
The young Archiibald spent his days drawing incessantly, but growing up in the tough working class area of 1950s Maryhill fine art was unthinkable as a career in itself. He won a place at the Glasgow School of Art and later Jordanhill Teacher Training College, an education separated by a period of National Service peace keeping in Cyprus.
On his graduation from Jordanhill he embarked on what was to be a distinguished career as an academic and administration in art education. Throughout this time he painted and had work accepted and hung by all the principal exhibiting forums.
He has won numerous awards at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute of which he is a member, and the Royal Scottish Watercolour society who he served as a vice president for many years.
He is represented in many corporate collections, notably the Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow Art Gallery, The Edinburgh Academy, Royal Bank of Scotland, Christian Salveson, Rolls Royce, Cunard and in the personal collections of Griff Rhys Jones and Pete Townsend.