Heinke Jenkins was born in Heilbronn, West Germany, just before the outbreak of World War II; moving to Britain in 1961.
She studied painting at the University of Stuttgart under Mannfred Henninger but switched to graphic design and illustration and studied from the years 1959 -1961. Jenkins went on to specialise in printing and lino-cuts, staying true to the traditions of her native Germany despite their being not much of a printmaking scene in the UK at the start of her career.
Heinke prints in her own studio on an 1881 Albion Press. Her works are in a number of public and private collections around the UK and abroad. She has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in the UK, America and Germany.