Ina van Schalkwyk 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.
She continued vigorously with her painting and in 1985 she held a Wildlife exhibition with a total of 86 paintings on show. The interest in her work was overwhelming and the majority of the works were sold within the first few days. An extremely positive response from the press created an even bigger demand for her work.
Ina is a national tour de force in the South African artists guild. Her name is mentioned along with the likes of Claerhout, Robert Domijan, Christian Nice, Gabriel de Jongh, Lienkie Lombard, Johan Smith, Chris Tugwell and Adriaan Boshoff.