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Scientific and medical illustrator Alison Schroeer resides in Southbridge, MA, with her husband, Dr. Bryan Carella, an organic gardener and professor of Medieval Literature at Assumption College. They share their home with two beloved rescue dogs, Abby, an Australian shepherd x sheltie mix, and Sionnach, an American eskimo x pomeranian mix, both discovered through Petfinder.com. When not illustrating, Alison enjoys oil painting, observing nature, yardsaling, and collecting antique natural history illustrations. Bryan and Alison are currently writing and illustrating a beginner's guide to organic vegetable gardening.

Ms. Schroeer received an MS in Medical Illustration from the Medical College of Georgia, an MS in Forest Resources with a focus on Plant Ecology from the University of Georgia, and a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University.  This rigorous education in the sciences and her direct involvement in scientific research, form the foundation of her quest for accuracy in her art.

Ms. Schroeer has worked on a contract basis as a Scientific and Medical Illustrator more than fifteen years.  Her clients include botanical gardens, natural history museums, pharmaceutical and publishing companies, universities, hospitals, and other institutions of research.  Before forming Schroeer Scientific Illustration, she worked as Senior Biological Illustrator for Carolina Biological Supply Company, the largest supplier of scientific teaching materials in the southeast.  She completed a Botanical Illustration Internship with the internationally renowned botanical illustrator Bente Starke King at Cornell University’s Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium, and was awarded the Fellows Internship in Biological Illustration with the Ichthyology Department of the California Academy of Sciences. 

Alison’s artwork has been featured in numerous solo and juried exhibits throughout the United States and in Europe.  She has recently begun part-time work as an instructor of botanical and natural science illustration for Continuing Education at the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to drawing and painting plants, she is experienced in entomological, medical, veterinary, and general scientific illustration.