Nancy Diessner's artwork emerges from her background in painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, and digital image manipulation…and from her life as a river rat—a sculler and kayaker in love with moving swiftly and smoothly along the surface of water. In her recent work, the photographs she takes while on the water and the river plants and seeds that she collects are the raw material from which her intaglio prints develop. Those prints, in turn, are combined, overlapped, and formed into large wall pieces. Her work focuses on the mysterious, complex, and often fraught relationship between humans, animals, and the natural environment. After 17 years as a college professor, she now teaches as a core faculty member at Zea Mays Printmaking, as well as privately.