About Jill Vondervor-Frank

Jill retired from the business world and rediscovered a joy and passion taking a watercolor course at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts.  During her life she has consistently taken art classes in the evenings at the New York School of Visual Arts, du Cret School of Arts, South Orange-Maplewood Adult Night School, School of Advertising Art and private lessons studying oil painting, charcoal portraits, sculpture, pastels, acrylics, pen and ink, studied Chinese Brush Painting with Shirley Poo Wills and painted in Sicily with Valerie Larko.   Studied watercolor with  W. Carl Burger, Angelito David and Elizabeth Horowitz and on location with Ed Havas.

She designed pen & ink drawings of the common buildings for the Lake Wallkill Community in Sussex County, New Jersey as a fund raiser and has done numerous commissions of interesting homes in that medium and watercolor.  She keeps a camera in the car to capture just that something in a scene that makes her want to paint it.

Jill is an exhibiting member and past president of the Essex Watercolor Club where she is the treasurer, member of the North East Watercolor Society, Drew Art Association and a signature member of the Garden State Watercolor Society.

She has displayed her works at various outdoor shows in Westfield, Livingston, Short Hills-Millburn, Springfield, New Providence and Madison.  Jill has exhibited at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, the Morris County Library, Overlook Hospital in Summit, Bernardsville Library, Walsh Library at Seton Hall University, Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, Center Gallery at Old Church , Café Metro in Denville, Crane’s Mill Retirement Community in West Caldwell, the Papermill Playhouse and the Morris Community Theatre. Jill resides in Maplewood and Sussex, New Jersey

Artist Statement

I have embraced watercolor since serendipitously taking a class with Elizabeth   Horowitz in 2001.  I enjoy watercolor’s challenge of trying to accomplish something interesting which caught my eye, a sight that I have never attempted  to paint before.

I have had success painting people’s homes, having painted over 50 houses for gifts, as a remembrance or their current home which they enjoy.

I graduated the School of Advertising Art, attended both NY and NJ Schools of Visual Arts, DuCret Center of Art, studied with the premier artists of New Jersey Carl W. Burger and Edwin Havas, and on location in Sicily with Valerie Larko.  I am a signature member of the Garden State watercolor Society, the Drew Art Association, past president and current treasurer of the Essex Watercolor Club where I have made many friends to share and enhance our talents.

2023 NBAS – Watercolor and Mixed Media “See the Forest for the Trees”


Valley Hospital

Morris County Library

 Library of the Chathams

 Overlook Hospital

 Mayo Center for Performing Arts

 Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall

Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside

 Bernardsville Library

 South Orange PAC

Crane’s Mill Retirement Center

 Gallery at Old Church

 Papermill Playhouse

 Sussex County Arts & Heritage Gallery

 Sussex-Wantage Library

 Park Avenue Club

 New Jersey Center for Visual Arts

 Pen and Brush in New York City

 Maplewood Library

 Sussex Judicial Gallery in Newton

 Morris County Courthouse

New Jersey Senior Exhibit in Trenton.

Outdoor exhibits include 

Giralda Farms

Bottle Hill in Madison

Short Hills-Millburn. Westfield, Livingston, Maplewood Art Walk,

South Orange – the SOMA Artist’s Studio Tour


Phone: 973-699-6174