Ina van Schalkwyk:

Ina was born in Vereeniging in 1945 and moved to Pretoria in her teens. There she grew up in a loving and supportive home, which laid the foundation for the extremely creative, passionate and ambitious artist she is today.

Her talents were discovered at a very young age and though her high school and early twenties, she tried various art forms, until she discovered oil painting, which was to become her passion. She hungered for knowledge and spent day after day studying masters and experimenting and developing her own unique style.

Ina took the first real steps to fullfill her destiny when she started giving art classes in 1982. She also started doing portraiture commissions and her talent was beginning to be noticed in South African art circles.

She continued vigorously with her painting and in 1985 she held a Wildlife exhibition with a total of 86 painting on show. The interest in her work was overwhelming and the majority of the works were sold within the first few days.

Ina now lives on a farm in George 's Valley, about fifteen kiometers outside Tzaneen. This is where the natural beauty of her surroundings inspires her to create paintings where the scenery is awash with colour and the objects are bathed in radiant light.