Roeqiya Fris is a Dutch-Egyptian adventurer, artist and teacher who lives in Rotterdam. She creates these eye-popping colourful illustrations of exotic scenes inspired by her childhood memories of travelling – and I’ve just discovered her Etsy shop.

“My mother is from Egypt and I have beautiful memories of being in Egypt for holidays as a child,” she tells me. “Everything there looked so different from the Netherlands, the colours, the buildings, the food, even my family. I loved it! I often think about these times and these memories are the inspiration for my illustrations.”

Here are some of her pictures to get you in the mood…

Roeqiya fris illustrations

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Have a look at her Etsy shop, here.

Psst. She creates tiny scenes in vintage tins. 
Pssst. She’s been sketching her road trips for 20 years.
Psssst. These colouful donkey prints.

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