I just discovered your blog today through "Cute Design at Jars of Cute" and I must just say: OH! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BLOG!" I'm currently doing an illustration course and you have inspired me to not give up, although the little voice in my head was telling me that I should rather get myself an office job (we'll its silent now). :D
I now live in Arizona...and these are the plants that live around here. Its so beautiful, in a way so different from the East coast (where I came from). I am drawing these things now too.... I love your work and am inspired by it all the time.