Doris Winchell Baker (1905-1987) was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of artist Ward Winchell (1859-1929), who was the art critic for the Los Angeles Times in his later years. She studied in Los Angeles at the Chouinard and Otis Art Institutes and with Marion Kavanagh Wachtel. She began as a portrait painter and later switched to landscapes and seascapes. Noted exhibitions include: Art in National Defense 1943 (Award), Women Painters of the West 1941-49 (awards) and a Solo Exhibition at the Carmel Art Association. Doris Baker is cited in Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940", and "Who's Who in American Art, 1953-62".