Self-Portrait in India Ink

Self-Portrait in India Ink

Photo by  Emily Walen

Photo by Emily Walen

Photo by  Emily Walen

Photo by Emily Walen

 

  

Hello and welcome! I'm Emma Freeman, an enthusiastic artist, designer, teacher and thrifter living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

I communicate in many creative languages including drawing, collage, cyanotype, painting, thrifting, photography and printmaking. I am inspired by the stories colors tell, the beautiful little creatures in this world, unexpected small moments of joy that I have, introspection and deep feelings, and being silly. 

In addition to making art and collecting things, I teach art classes to kids and adults. I love encouraging people to tap into their creative energy and use their feelings to create art. I hold space for people to work with fears of imperfection and internal mantras like, "I'm not creative" and "I'm not an artist" and "I'm not good at this." Those are beautiful tools to use in the creative process. Creativity is innate in all of us. We have to feed it and cultivate it in order for it to thrive though. You can learn more about my teaching philosophy and experience here.

I recently opened a creative shop in Saint Paul called Polka Dot, where I teach art classes, sell my art, and sell vintage and secondhand beautiful things that I find.

I live with my wife, Kelly and our rescue animals in an old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Thank you for being here,

Emma