Born in St. Mary's, Ontario, Ida moved to Hamilton when she was a child. Later from 1912 to 1916 she taught art at the Hamilton Technical and Art School. She worked with proficiency in such diverse media as oil, watercolours, wood engravings, drawings and china painting. Ida's early works were paintings of fishing boats, rugged coastline and moody ocean scenes. These were places from 1920's where Ida had studied and worked along the Eastern sea coast of the United States. Ida also exhibited many of these same works with the OSA shows in 1924, 1925, and 1928. After retiring from her position as Art Director at Westdale Secondary School, she continued to exhibit her work. The AGH and Beckett Gallery exhibited many of her paintings, drawings and prints. This talented and productive artist is mainly represented by the AGH and private collections. She shared a two man show with Hugh Robertson in 1959 at the Westdale Gallery.