Mayumi went to Peru to see, draw and paint orchids in their natural habitats in 2006. The trip was partially funded by the RHS Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary and she chose the cloud forests of the Peruvian Andes around 2800-3100 metres in elevation as her destination.
On the ninth day Mayumi and a guide went up into to the mountains around 2800 meters high. Saul, the guide, suddenly shouted for joy. He had found several of these beautiful Telipogon ariasii. They were so attractive that, although she didn't have any previous knowledge about this orchid, Mayumi loved them at first sight.
Telipogon ariasii is so difficult to grow in cultivation because the demand on its environment is so specific. It is therefore not widely known.
b. Nara, Japan 1954
Mayumi, who now lives in the UK, started Botanical Illustration in September 1996 at the Bromley Adult Education College where she now teaches the subject. She exhibited one of her first works of a Fuchsia in colour pencils at the Royal Horticultural Society show in February 1997 as a group entry of the Bromley Adult Education College, which was awarded a Silver-Gilt Lindley Medal and is now in the Lindley Library's collection. Since then she has been awarded two Gold Medals, a Silver-Gilt Medal and two Silver Medals. In May 2006, she became the first recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society Dawn Jolliffe Botanical Art Bursary and went to Peru to photograph, draw and paint orchids. She is a member of the Orchid Society of Great Britain, the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, the Society of Botanical Artists and the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her painting of the Magnolia sieboldii from The Highgrove Florilegium appears in the 2009 publication Plant Hunters written by Carolyn Fry.