Marthe Angele Janssens was born tetraplegic. She was born on February 21, 1937, in Heikruis. She nevertheless attended primary school, where she learnt to draw with a pen in her mouth. She became passionate about mouth painting and perfected her technique through in-home courses and private painting lessons. For ten years she studied under a well known Belgian sculptor. In 1967 she received a Scholarship from the Association and in 1971 she became a Full Member of the VDMFK. Her never-ending wish to educate herself enriches her life. She even took lessons in portraiture for several years.