Frances M. Jones Bannerman was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1855.
She was an oil painter and a watercolourist, as well as an illustrator in black and white.
She married, in 1886, Hamlet Bannerman, a London painter, that year they moved to Great Marlowe, England.
In Halifax, Jones had studied under Forshaw Day and in Paris she was a pupil of the popular Salon artist François Nicolas Auguste Feyen-Perrin.
After exhibiting in the 1881 Royal Canadian Academy Exhibition in Halifax, she became the first woman elected to Associate status in the Royal Canadian Academy.
In 1882 until 1892 she began exhibiting her work in London, England regularly.
She was part of a select group of female artists that exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1883 and 1884.
In 1901 after the death of her husband she moved to Italy where she remained until World War II when she was forced to return to England. During this time her artistic outlet shifted to poetry. In 1899 a volume of her verse, entitled “Milestones” was published.
She died, in Torquay, in 1944.