Neeltsje Stephenson was born in the Netherlands. From an early age she found various ways to express herself creatively.

After completing a degree in Education she joined the M.V. Doulos and sailed to over thirty countries. She then worked and studied for several years in Jerusalem, Israel, and married David in 2000. They started out their lives together in the USA where Neeltsje earned an MA in Applied Linguistics. Besides her studies she took courses in watercolor and photography.

From 2012 onwards she participated in courses at the ‘Gooise Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten’ in Laren and started working in her own studio. Neeltsje currently lives with her husband and three children near Amsterdam.