"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
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. From 2018 to 2020, Emma was CRPrideFest’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. Witnessing the success of that 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, an LGBTQ+ inclusive nonprofit legal firm and owns a 3 acre vineyard accompanied by her many fur and feathered rescues.
Throughout her life, Emma has experienced a multitude of great losses. She uses art as a way to connect with and free herself from that loss, while capturing and interpreting human experiences. 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. Emma is deeply inspired by the empathy found within nature and humankind. She has been influenced by some of the greats such as Salvador Dalí, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni and Leonardo da Vinci. Emma also believes that art is a place where the soul goes to rejuvenate itself and hopes her audience can experience even just a taste of that to take back out into the world with them.
KCRG Channel 9 News - Colony Arts
The Gazette - Colony Arts
Lavender Legal Center - Web Design
Tamara Marcus for City Council - Logo Design
Iowa Pop Art Market - Artist
Lavender Legal Center - Logo Design
Karma Coffee Cafe - Photography
Last Hope Animal Rescue - Photography
PFLAG Cedar Rapids - Web Design
CRPrideFest - Photography