After Liz identified a need for botany instruction, she was encouraged to write her book. She explains:
I finally decided to write my book in October 2009, having toyed with the idea for the previous 4 years or so. The final impetus came when I met Valerie Oxley who had just published her wonderful book “Botanical Illustration” with the Crowood Press. I mentioned that I intended to write a book on botany for botanical artists and wondered if she too thought there was a need. She was suitably enthusiastic and pointed me in the direction of her publisher with the words “Get on with it”.