Margaret Stevens, who wrote and coordinated this book, is the Society's president and a founding member. She holds numbers RHS medals, including the prestigious Gold Medal. While working as a freelance artist and illustrator she has also taught botanical painting to adult students for more than 20 years, and this book reflects her awareness of their challenges when using color and purchasing paints. Previous publications include a practical guide to drawing flowers, as well as The Art of Botanical Painting.
The Society of Botanical Artists was founded in 1985 to bring together artists of repute in this field. Members include winners of prestigious awards, including the Royal Horticulturaly Society's Gold and Silver-Gilt medals, and their work is held in collections worldwide.