Freda Surgenor was born in Harrow England and studied art at Bourneville School of Art, Birmingham, United Kingdom. She worked in London as a graphic designer in publishing as well as illustrating two children's books and teaching art for several years.

Since coming to Australia in 1982 Freda has established herself through solo exhibitions and group shows as a highly respected watercolour painter. In 1990 her painting "Backyard" was selected for exhibition in the Herald Heritage Award and in 1991 two paintings "Backyard" and "Backyard Pool" toured Australia in the prestigious National Exhibition - Portrait of Australia. In 1994 "Dockscape" was selected and hung in the Salon de Refuses at the S H Ervin Gallery.

A multi-award winning artist, including the Mosman Art Prize and the Royal Easter Show, she was approached by the print distributors Art Throughout Australia which resulted in reproductions of three of her paintings.

Freda's paintings demonstrate a high level of excellence using vibrant colours to depict a great variety of subjects from landscapes through waterscapes, cityscapes, still-life, floral, portraiture and life painting. She works in fine detail using strong colour to create paintings that glow with life and light. This results in highly successful warm paintings thus demonstrating her ability to faithfully capture images on paper. It is no wonder that many of her works have been purchased by collectors both in Australia and overseas.