Frederick Cross was born in Exeter, England in 1881. He immigrated to Canada in 1906. He was an engineer, and acted as superintendent of operations and Maintenance, C.P.R Department of Natural Resources, in Lethbridge from the 1930s until the old A.R.& I. Company irrigation project was turned over by the C.P.R. to the Province of Alberta.
Cross was an accomplished watercolour artist with an international reputation. He subject matter was often work horses he admired that were kept on the C.P.R. Home Farm.
In 1933, one of his paintings was purchased by the Royal Scottish Society of Painters, and exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. He had more exhibits organized by The National Gallery of Canada.
Cross was a member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
He died 1985.