Jonel Scholtz obtained a Baccalaureus Scientiae degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, in 1994.
She started painting in 1988, while in high school, with Louise Goudemond, an American born artist, specializing in figurative work and oil portraits.
She has exhibited in South Africa in Johannesburg (Alice Art Gallery), Clarens (The Gallery), Cape Town (Marzé Botha Art Gallery), Swellendam (Die Kunstehuijs), Hartebeespoort Dam ( Old Masters, Chris Tugwell) and Dullstroom (Branko Dimitrov Art Gallery).
Internationally Jonel Scholtz has exhibited at the Agora Gallery, New York; Art Fusion Gallery in Miami, at the Castello Estense in Ferrara in Italy, NY at the International Expo in 2010 and the United Nations as part of International Women’s Day. Selected in 2015 by Monteoliveto Gallery as part of the search for new talents, she was picked as one of 3 artists, who is now represented in Monaco and internationally, by Monteoliveto Gallery Nice-Naples. In 2015 she exhibited extensively in Europe at Art Fairs like Monaco, Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair, Art3F in Nice as well as in Paris at a Christmas exhibition
Her artist statement:
“I do not set out to make art every day, that would be idiotic. I just set out to be happy.
My portraits are moments in the past captured on canvas. They should have dissipated into the past, but I dragged them back into the present. I cannot explain them to you, that is your job. Mine is just to make you see your soul through my work.
I have been lost so many times and realised that getting back is the actual journey. You grow as an artist and ultimately your world changes as well as your work.
I try to dance to the radio, sing in the shower, eat cake, cry and laugh and laugh and laugh, but most of all love – every day. And that is all I need to do…”