Alberta Marana began working with pastels in the mid 80’s, when she was a full-time parent of small children. Pastels were handy to use in that she could pack them in her car and drive to a spot where she could work on location. She now works in her studio using photo references as well as her imagination. Much of her work is of scenes from NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin. She especially loves working in the fall, when the colors of the trees are at their peak. Since her move to Duluth, in 2002, she has become inspired by the evocative mood the lights of the city create at night.