Martine Massaar

Canada is my third country.I was born in Indonesia of Dutch parent and I was exposed to the beauty of this country; the mountains, the beautiful flowers and lush fruit trees and not forget the animals World war two showed me the ugly side of live. The Japanese took Indonesia (then called Java) and put us in concentration camps where I almost died from starvation.But my whole family miraculously survived.
After the war we went back to the Netherlands. There I experienced snow for the first time. How beautiful! I loved the farm fields with the fat cows. I spend much time near the ocean and explored the dunes. My father took me to museums and beautiful churches and ancient villages. Art was all around me.
I came to Canada in 1960 to visit my brothers and here I met my husband. So, I have been living here most of my live. After the first culture shock, I learned to love this beautiful free and wide land. My artist friend taught me to paint with oil and water colour and I have been doing it of and on for thirty years. I love painting animals an nature. I sign my paintings with my maiden name
Martine Ubbens-Massaar