Doron Putka has been painting in and around Boston, for more than 10 years. Her work is figurative: portraits, landscapes and still life. In drawing and painting, her passion has always been her subjects' faces--their expression as a window to their feelings and thoughts.

Doron was born in Israel, grew up on a kibbutz, and completed a four-year program at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel's national school of art, in 1973. She later studied at Parsons School of Design, in New York, where her teachers included Maurice Sendak. Putka's illustrations have appeared in New York magazine, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Ms. magazine, the Israeli women's magazine "At," in children's books and elsewhere. She has been a designer for Boston magazine, Women's World magazine, and Bella magazine in London.

Doron turned to painting in the mid-1990s. She has studied art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Massachusetts College of Art; at workshops at the Jerusalem Studio School, the Provinceton Fine Arts Work Center and Bennington College, and with the Villa Group, in Newton, Mass. Her teachers have included Joel Babb, Christopher Chippendale, Israel Hershberg, Catherine Kehoe, George Nick, Stuart Shils, and Ed Stitt, who mentors the Villa Group.

Doron is a member of the Copley Society of Art, regularly showing work at their gallery on Newbury Street. Her work has appeared in Boston at the Pepper Gallery, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts shows, and at open-studio sales in Newton, Brookline and Boston's South End. She has also completed a number of portraits by private commission.