Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1950, Mieko Ishikawa graduated from Musashino Art University. Initially working as an illustrator, in recent years she has increasingly focused on botanical art, alongside her teaching. She has had several solo shows at the Tama Forest Science Garden, Hachioji, Tokyo, the U. S. National Arboretum, Washington D.C., and the Embassy of Japan, Information and Culture Center, Washington D.C. Her work is held in the Hunt Institute, the Lindley Library, Royal Horticultural Society, London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the Flower Museum, Chiba. She was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal, 2006, and is a member of the Japanese Association of Botanical Illustration, Hunt Institute Associates, and the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Her work is also part of HRH Prince of Wales’ Highgrove Florilegium.