Originally from Leicestershire, I now live in Auckland, New Zealand and it is while here I studied the SBA diploma receiving a Distinction. I previously gained a 1st class honours in Scientific Illustration and worked as a medical illustrator before moving to NZ - plants are much nicer to draw and paint, believe me! I teach botanical illustration here in NZ running weekly and monthly classes as well as facilitate the art group at the Auckland Botanical Gardens who meet monthly.
I mainly use watercolour, but dabble in ink, gouache, printmaking and acrylics - I'll try anything really!
If any of you come to NZ, let me know - perhaps we can www.meet up or at least I can put you in touch with botanical artists in the area you're visiting!