An accomplished and versatile artist, he is well known for his watercolours, oil paintings, gouaches, engravings and prints. He was the president of the Ontario Society of Artists, a founding member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, a founding member of the Canadian Society of Etchers and Printers. He also was a colleague and friend of the Group of Seven. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
The National Gallery of Canada has acquired several original Haines art works, as well as the Public Archives of Canada.
William E. Coutts, owner of the Coutts Company and a great supporter of the arts in Canada, commissioned 26 artists, including Fred S. Haines, to design greeting cards as a means of increasing interest in contemporary Canadian art. The cards were produced between 1926 and 1931 as serigraphs and as reproductive prints.
The Town of Meaford is the host of an exhibition that occurred from 10 September to 30 September 2010 which honoured his memory on the 50th anniversary of his death.