Nita Steketee


Born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, lived as a child in Breukelen aan de Vecht, a small historic village on a beautiful, winding river. Even as a young child, she loved anything art-related. After school, her real life began: painting, drawing, sculpting, writing, dancing and playing the piano. She never missed a class. Steketee graduated cum laude with a master’s degree in art and design from Holland’s Academy of Fine Arts St. Joost.

She moved to Amsterdam after accepting a job with Total Design, one of Europe’s best-known design companies. Two years later, she started her own art and design firm, RoyalDox (Royal Dogs), and quickly gained a reputation for her fresh, surprising approach. After 15 years, Steketee returned to pure art, painting and sculpting for shows in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, where she is still represented.

In 2003 Steketee took a big step — to the United States, where she planned to spend six months. There she focused on making her own artistic way, working hard to find and express her style in an unknown country. She loved it, especially New York City and Woodstock NY, and connected with the artistic freedom and diversity she found there. When she went back to Holland, it was to pick up her old dog and her paintings before returning for good to New York’s Hudson Valley, where she now lives and works in Woodstock NY.

Nita’s art is featured at The Maple Tree and is available for purchase.