Aleta Karstad

Born in 1951 in Guelph, Ontario, Aleta spent her early years with her family in Wisconsin and Georgia where her father studied wildlife pathology. After returning to Guelph at the age of 8, the family later moved to Toronto where Aleta pursued Fine Arts at Central Technical High School. While there, she had the opportunity to study watercolour with the well-known artist, Doris McCarthy. In 1972, Aleta began work in biological illustration at the National Museum of Canada. More recently, she has worked as an artist, writer and naturalist and is the author of several art and nature journals. Aleta's books, the Canadian Nature Notebook (1979), Wild Seasons Daybook (1985), North Moresby Wilderness (1990) and A Place to Walk (1995) have been drawn from her illustrated natural history journals. She and her husband, Dr. Fred Schueler, live with their daughter, Jennifer, in Bishops Mills, Ontario where they run the Bishops Mills Natural History Centre.

To view more of Aleta's work or to contact the artist, please go to the Bishop's Mills Natural History Centre's web site at

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