Halin de Repentigny was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1959. As a boy he demonstrated an interest and natural ability as an artist. He started painting with watercolours when he was six, and began using oils at 10. Exposure to the styles and techniques of French-Canadian impressionists Maurice Lebon and Marcel Farreau made a signigicant impact on Halin. He abandoned a conventional education, and without formal training, merged his extraordinary skills of observation with canvas and oils, and began to record the world around him.
Halin spends most of his time in the bush where he inhabits cabins of his own construction, runs sled dogs, traps and paints. He sometimes call his lifestyle `pressurized living` referring to the demands of day-to-day existence. This immersion is captured in many of Halin`s paintings, which are testimony to his unique lifestyle, as well as vision.