Susan Schmitt has been painting since before she can remember. At University in St. Louis, USA, she took degrees in Fine Art, painting, art history, and design, and her work has evolved from there. This particular book stemmed from her painted 'Women I Might Have Known' greetings card line, which celebrates age, womanhood and friendship. A friend of Susan's who works at a retirement home suggested the ladies she looked after might like to colour women of their own age rather than young fairies and princesses, and thus In the Garden was born!
One thing I have to say is that postage from the US is a little high at just over £10, but Susan offsets this by including 5 of her lovely greetings cards along with the book. You can choose 2 or 3 of your favourites and Susan will select a couple of extras. I think that if you're really taken with the illustrations like I am, you'll love this idea.
As I said earlier, I chose the page below because it really reminded me of Nanna. She used to love flowers and practically had a garden centre in her back yard, so along with her lust for life and joyous nature this picture just suits her to a T.