Meriel Thurstan took up botanical illustration when she was working in Cornwall, where she was a founder of the Eden Project Florilegium Society. She subsequently set up the South West Society of Botanical Artists. Meriel holds a Bronze and a Silver Linley medal from the RHS for her work. She lives and teaches in Somerset. Rosie Martin holds a Gold Medal form the RHS for her botanical watercolour paintings. She was an elected member of the Society of Botanical Artists and teaches a variety of art-based subjects, including botanical illustration. She has worked in fashion, ballet and theatre; her clients have included David Bowie, Anthony Caro, Karl Lagerfeld and Jean Muir, for whom she produced textiles and interior design prints. She has more recently been artist-in-residence on polar expedition ships, and some of her polar paintings are on loan to Nature in Art.