Steele, Halina

A resident of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Halina Steele loves Australian native flora and fauna for their uniqueness and diversity and has developed a strong focus on environmental conservation. She was one of 40 Australian artists whose work appeared in both an online exhibition and the catalogue, Flora of Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition which was held in Canberra in 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 and the image appears in the publication, RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners. Two of Halina’s works have been accepted by the Florilegium Society at the RBGSyd Inc (Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney), of which she is a member. Her painting of Hibiscus insularis appears in their first publication, The Florilegium: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Celebrating 200 Years and her painting of Telmatoblechnum indicum appears in the second publication, Botanic Endeavour: The Florilegium Society celebrates the Banks and Solander collection. 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 Botanical Art Society of Australia Inc, the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Botanical Art Group at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.