Jill Madden grew up in coastal Rhode Island, attended Middlebury College where she studied Mandarin Chinese and art. She studied Chinese ink painting in Hualien, Taiwan for two years, taught Mandarin and art in Sitka, Alaska for several years. then returned to the east coast to attend graduate school.
Jill studied at the New York Studio School, then received a post-baccalaureate degree from Brandeis University, and an MFA in painting from Boston Univerisity, where she held a Constantin Alajalov scholarship, and studied with John Walker and John Moore. Jill’s work has been shown throughout the United States and in Ireland and England. While a resident artist at the Vermont Studio School, Jill studied under Lois Dodd, who remains a strong influence. Jill is the recipient of a Winsor and Newton Emerging Artists award, a Basin Harbor Fellowship, a Custom House Fellowship in Westport, Ireland, a Baer Art Center Artist Residency in Hofsos, Iceland, a National Seashore residency in North Truro, Massachusetts and a Jentel Arts Foundation residency in Banner, Wyoming. Jill currently lives and paints in Weybridge, Vermont.