Doris Zinkeisen was born in Scotland and her family moved to Pinner, near Harrow in 1909. She was a stage and costume designer, painter, commercial artist and writer. Zinkeisen attended the Harrow School of Art for four years and won a scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools in 1917 together with her younger sister Anna.
Zinkeisen and her sister shared a studio in London in the 1920’s and 30’s. The main subject matter of her paintings being society portraiture, equestrian portraiture and scenes from the parks of London and Paris. She also worked widely in other media as an illustrator and commercial artist producing advertising posters for several British railway companies, the London Underground and murals for the RMS Queen Mary.
Zinkeisen exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1929, at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London, Paris and the United States. She received Bronze (1929), Silver (1930) and Gold (1934) Paris Salon medals for her work and by 1929 she had been elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI).