Henry Coupe's command of portraiture is displayed by an exhibition history spanning five decades. He inserts anonymous figures into the environment, using traditional oils to generate bold color, active line, and ambitious contrast. Coupe, who had an abortive cataract operation at age five, received a corrective lens implant in the remaining eye at age 75. Despite, or because of, early visual impairment, drawing and painting became Coupe’s principal mode of expression, and encouragement from parents and teachers improved his self-esteem. After four years of art school and graduation from college with a bachelor of arts in social studies, he enrolled in art-education courses, which led to a career as an art teacher in the public schools.