Jonèl Scholtz was born in 1972 in Lichtenburg in the North West, and was shortly afterwards moved to Johannesburg. She studied at R.A.U. after school and recieved a degree in BSc. She got married in 1994 to Jacques van Biljon and moved to a farm in Coligny where they took up farming. Through all this she never stopped painting, with the farm live inspiring her.
From 1988 -1996 she studied with Louise Goudemondt, an American artist, in mainly oil painting and design.
Her favourite subject matter are figures and portraits.