Van Doren trained first at Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, and continued with his position as visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Wadsworth Atheneum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Yale University Art Gallery, The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Addison Gallery, The Princeton University Art Museum; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., among other institutions. Van Doren teaches at Yale University where he is an Associate Fellow. Van Doren maintains a studio in New York City.