Emma E. Walker

"Of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, cellar door is the most beautiful."  - J.R.R. Tolkien

BEHIND THE LENS

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Emma E. Walker is a self-taught, multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Eastern Iowa. Since 2012, she has owned and operated a freelance photography and graphic design business known as Emma’s Cellar Door. Her range of mediums include outdoor/natural light photography, graphic design, web UI/UX design, mixed media drawing, and abstract painting servicing Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas. With a passion for entrepreneurship, Emma has begun offering brand and marketing packages to local businesses and small nonprofits. These packages include a new website build or remodel, logo design, product/team/location photography, social media setup or expansion, and strategic consultation.

In 2013, Emma was one of two artists chosen to paint a historical mural commissioned by the USAF located on Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, TX. In 2016, Emma began taking family portraits and fell in love with the connection she found with her clients. Through those connections, she also found a love for product and event photography. Why only pick one thing that makes you happy? Since 2018, Emma has been CR Pride’s exclusive photographer of events including their annual pride festival in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. As a volunteer, Emma has worked alongside several animal shelters including Last Hope Animal Rescue of Cedar Rapids, IA to photograph fundraising events and animals up for adoption (Shelter Stories) in an effort to find them permanent homes. In May of 2021, Emma presented her work in the Iowa Pop Art Market at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library of Cedar Rapids, IA. Soon after attending her first art show, she decided to accept an invitation to curate her own. Thus Colony Arts was born, a new kind of art experience bringing diversity to Amana, IA. In addition to her freelance work, Emma chairs the board of Lavender Legal Center as a founding member of the LGBTQ+ focused nonprofit. Emma is also an enthusiast of local music, arts, and theatre; she enjoys any opportunity to pick up an instrument or act in short films.

Throughout her life, Emma has experienced a multitude of great adventures and losses. She uses art as a way to connect with and free herself from her corporeal form; while capturing and interpreting life's raw moments including firsthand experience with endometriosis, PTSD, and sexual violence. She believes the artistry of self expression is directly linked to one’s sexuality, sensuality, trauma and pain. Each of these things are uniquely personal as well as uniquely beautiful which allows great depth for empathy and inspiration. But above all, she believes that art is a place where the soul goes to rejuvenate itself, and hopes to give others even just a taste of that to take back out into the world with them. 

PUBLICATIONS
 

Riverview Center's Hope & Healing Art Gallery - Artist

Iowa Pop Art Festival - Artist

KCRG Channel 9 News - Colony Arts

The Gazette - Colony Arts

Lavender Legal Center - Web Design

Tamara Marcus for City Council - Logo Design

Iowa Climber Jen Loeb - Graphic Design

Iowa Pop Art Market - Artist

Art for the Animals - Artist

Art Market at Highland Park - Artist

Lavender Legal Center - Logo Design

CR Pride - Photography

Last Hope Animal Rescue - Photography

PFLAG Cedar Rapids - Web Design

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FILMOGRAPHY

Talent, Graphic Design

Talent, Voiceover

Talent

Talent, Makeup Special Effects, Graphic Design

Talent, Makeup Special Effects, Graphic Design

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Port Solbrig Heller Family Recipes
Compiled by Emma E. Walker
Shots from the Heart
Compiled by Emma E. Walker

UNPUBLISHED WORKS