Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, the eldest sister of Canadian artists Alice and Gertrude Des Clayes, she studied with B. Herkomer, Bushey, Eng.; with Tony Robert-Fleury and Jules Lefebvre at the Académie Julian, Paris. She lived in London from 1906 to 1912 then came to Canada and settled in Montreal. She was mainly a landscape painter who also did some portraits. She worked in oils, water colours and pastels in impressionistic style. She is represented in the National Gallery of Canada and was listed as winner of the Jessie Dow Prize on two occasions.