Raab, Marian Nathalie "Nat" Artist, of Minneapolis, passed away at home on April 13, 2022. Born in Lawton, OK to Mary E. and Balfour S. Whitney, Nat grew up in the southern plains of the Dust Bowl years. Her early talent recognized at age 13, Nat attended the McNay Institute of Art in San Antonio. At 18, she met and married Raymond M. Raab of Minneapolis as he completed his service at Tinker's AFB in OKC after WWII. Nat took the train north, and their growing family lived at the University Village "barracks" while Ray studied philosophy; meanwhile, Nat solved a quantum theorem then in circulation. At 40, while living in Prospect Park, Nat enrolled in Studio Arts at the U. Studying under Karl Bethke, Lynn Gray, Peter Busa, George Morrison, Katherine Nash, Herman Rowan, and Malcolm Myers, she received her BFA in 1973 and MFA in 1976, with a focus in painting and drawing. Katy Nash saved Nat's plaster cow from ruin in the assignment herd. A few may remember the old Studio Arts Building mural, which she helped to paint. Nat's work was described as "New Realist" by George Morrison, a nod to her signature approach: canvas as a surface rather than a window. Nat was a virtuoso in ink drawing and watercolor, and maintained her own darkroom for photography. From 1980, she worked as the Regional Audio Visual Librarian and Publications Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until she could retire to paint full time. Always painting large in oil, Nat found the universal in specific, close-up compositions, whether in portraits or imaginative works. While loving Minneapolis, she found the interminable green anathema to paint, and drew on scrappy thistle flowers in railway yards, and her memories of Oklahoma, in two of her series. She painted nearly to the end, with a single canvas unfinished in her studio. Over the years, she exhibited at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Art Lending Gallery, with Thomas Barry, and elsewhere. With her soft voice and gentle manners, Nat welcomed friends and family with love, food, care, and an honest humanity. Interment was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery next to Ray, long passed, on June 2nd. A celebration of Nat's life and work to be held at her home and studio in August.