Frederick Arthur Verner, painter was born in Hammondsville, Ontario in 1836. He studied at Heatherly's Art School, in London, in 1856. He then enlisted in the Third West York Regiment.
In 1862 he returned to Canada and settled in Toronto working as a photographer. He occasionally did work for the The Notman & Fraser Studio.
His paintings were recognized for their authenticity and his talent in capturing Canadian landscapes and the Native people he encountered along his travels. He also created portraits and urban scenes. He worked in oil and watercolours.
In 1873 Verner became a founding member of the Ontario Society of Artists, along with his friends John A. Fraser, Lucius O'Brien and others. Shortly after he closed his photography business in order to focus on his painting.
He moved to London, England, in 1880. During this time he continued to paint and provided private lessons.
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. His work was exhibited across Canada and the United States. His work is part of the collection at the National Gallery of Canada, and Mayberry Fine Art among others.
He died in London, England in 1928.