JILL MADDEN grew up in coastal Rhode Island. As an undergraduate at Middlebury College she studied Mandarin Chinese and art. After college she spent two years in Hualien, Taiwan studying Chinese painting, then several years in Sitka, Alaska teaching Mandarin and art before returning to the east coast for graduate school. She attended the New York Studio School, received a post-baccalaureate degree from Brandeis University and an MFA from Boston University where she held a Constantin Alajalov scholarship and studied with John Walker and John Moore. While a resident at the Vermont Studio School, Jill studied under Lois Dodd, who remains a good friend and big influence. A recipient of a Winsor and Newton Emerging Artists’ award, Jill has held a Basin Harbor Fellowship, a Custom House Fellowship in Westport, Ireland, a Baer Art Center Artist Residency in Hofsos, Iceland, and a Jentel Foundation for Arts residency in Banner, Wyoming. Her work has been exhibited in New England, New York, Philadelphia, Ireland and England. Jill currently lives and paints in Weybridge, Vermont.