Halina lives in Canberra, Australia and her love of nature and gardening motivated her to undertake workshops in wildlife and botanical illustration. With her paintings, she endeavours to capture the vibrancy of nature, the various interesting textures and the intricate and complex structures of flora and fauna. Being passionate about nature, she constantly finds inspiration wherever she looks. Halina loves Australian native flora and fauna for its uniqueness and diversity and has developed a strong focus on the environment, especially the conservation of rare and endangered flora and fauna. She has painted several rare and endangered species including Eucalyptus recurva, Hakea pulvinifera, Hibiscus insularis and Grevillea iaspicula.
Halina has exhibited in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, the UK and USA with a large part of her work being commission based. She was one of 40 Australian artists whose work appeared in both a virtual exhibition and the catalogue, Flora of Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition held in Canberra in May 2018. In May 2015, Halina was awarded a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Malvern UK and Best Botanical Art Exhibit for a series of six Australian Eucalyptus Mallees. In addition, the RHS purchased one of these works (Eucalyptus recurva) for their permanent collection at the Lindley Library London. The image appears in the publication, RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners (published in 2019). In July 2007, Halina was invited to become a member of the Florilegium Society at the RBGSyd Inc (Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney) resulting in her paintings being held by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, New South Wales. One of the paintings (Hibiscus insularis) appears in the publication, The Florilegium: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Celebrating 200 Years, published in 2016. Her second contribution, Telmatoblechnum indicum, appears in the Florilegium Society’s second publication, Botanic Endeavour: The Florilegium Society celebrates the Banks and Solander collection, which was published in 2020. Articles on her paintings of Eucalyptus recurva have appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists in December 2015 and September 2020 and the Fronds Newsletter of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) in December 2015 and August 2020. Halina was awarded a Silver Medal by the RHS London for a series of eight paintings depicting Australian Native Hibiscus in November 2004. She also had works accepted for the 12th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. These works now form part of the Institute's permanent collection and appear in their catalogue for that exhibition. Halina is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), the ANBG Botanic Art Group (BAG), and the Botanical Art Society of Australia (BASA).