Iris Maertens is a graphic designer, illustrator and digital ninja. She uses a wide range of media and techniques including paper, canvas, murals, oil, watercolour, pen and pencil and well as digital media/social media.
Iris spent her youth unleashing creativity at either the piano or the drawing table. She studied at the Royal Atheneum of Fine Arts and later completed an MBA in Graphic Design and Web Design at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium.
When she started to travel she began reintroducing illustration into her work, drawing rather than taking pictures of her adventures. In 2010 she did her first solo-exhibition of illustration work at the 't Ey culture club, in Belgium.
Iris went on to work in communications for the environmental NGO Greenpeace International, and it was here she became fascinated by the power of storytelling in communicating campaigns. For the international storytelling team she illustrated her first children's book, "The Moon Candy Rebellion" written by Brian Fitzgerald.
At the moment she lives in Ghent, Belgium. She enjoys making a living out of the thing she loves doing most and believes a drawing a day keeps the doctor away.