Henry J Simpkins was born in 1906. He studied at the Winnipeg school of fine art under Franz Johnston and Lemoine Fitzgerald.
He worked as a commercial artist in London and New York before returning to Canada and taking a poistion as an illustrator for Grip and Batten.
Simpkins exhibited at the Montréal Art Association winning the Jessie Dow Price award for his watercolors in 1932 and 1934. He was also a member, and exhibitor, with The Royal Canadian Academy.
Simpkins work depicted Québec scenes and rural landscapes. He worked in watercolours and oils.
He died in 1995.