Henry McLaughlin was born in 1937 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Together with his family he migrated to Western Australia in 1969. Henry's career started as a Constable serving in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in 1959.
During his time in Londonderry, Henry met well known artist Arthur Twells, who proved to be one of the early inspirations for Henry's artistic pursuits. In Australia Henry joined the West Australian Police Force in 1970. Henry's talents as a landscape artist were soon recognised by Mr. Athol Webb, Commissioner for the West Australian Police Force and thus Henry was given his first commission to paint a collection of works detailing Western Australia's Historic Police Buildings which now hang in Police Headquarters and form part of Western Australia's history. Henry retired from the Police Force in 1982 to pursue his passion for creating fine works of art full time. His inspiration comes from such masters as Arthur Streeton, Hans Heysen, Leonard Long.