Gertrude E. Spurr Cutts arrived in Toronto in 1890 to join her family. She was already an accomplished artist before coming to Canada, having traveled to Belgium and Holland to sketch. She has exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists and the Society of Women Artists.
Cutts was very active in the Toronto art scene, opening her own studio and acting as corresponding secretary for the Toronto Art Students' League in 1896. Around 1900, she went to Woodstock, New York for the summer, to study at the Art Students' League of New York under George Bridgman, Birge Harrison, and John F. Carlsen.
With her husband William Cutts, an artist himself Cutts shared a studio in Toronto. They traveled and painted together in Southern Ontario, Québec, and England and Wales.
In 1909 they returned to England, they lived and worked at St.Ives, Cornwall for three years from 1909-12. They returned to Toronto from 1912-15 and settled in Port Perry, Ontario.
Cutts worked in oils, watercolours and pen and ink. Her subject matter often landscapes, river scenes, seascapes, coastal genre, rural scenes, floral studies and the occasional still life. She is best known for her picturesque rural landscapes, reminiscent of John Constable.
Cutts exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists, the Art Association of Montréal, the Canadian National Exhibition, the Royal Canadian Academy, with whom she is also a member, and also in the United States. Cutts' works can be found in several collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Ontario Government Collection, the Morden Neilson Collection, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Cutts died at the age of 83 in Port perry, Ontario.