Ursulina Stepan was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. She graduated in nursing in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 1956. She started studying art by taking printmaking workshops at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta and in 1980 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina. She has worked in a number of mediums including drawing, installations, printmaking, and sculpture. At the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina Saskatchewan, she gained years of experience in teaching and also served as printmaker in residence. Her work is often inspired by childhood and Nova Scotian family history, and reflects on the notion of a passage of time. Some of her installations allow the viewer to experience the work from inside because they are large enough for them to walk through. Stepan's work has been exhibited across Canada and is represented in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Ontario, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Mendel Art Gallery in, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, and others.